Welcome to another week of U.S. History! I hope you had a fabulous long weekend and took some time to contemplate the legacy of Dr. MLK Jr. As we continue our studies on the Abolition Movement and the beginning of the Civil War, please think about the sacrifices made by Dr. MLK Jr. and many other individuals to alter the social hierarchy within American society. What progress has yet to be made?
Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to examine the beginnings of the Abolitionist Movement, the treatment of women and minority groups in the mid-1800s, westward expansion, and the ideological differences and chain of events leading to the Civil War.
Please note the assignment schedule:
Wednesday, 1/21 - Reading and notes on 5.1 due at the beginning of class.
Friday 1/23 - Reading and notes on 5.2 due at the beginning of class.
Monday 1/26 - Step 2 (Finding Documents and Searching for Information) due today.
Tuesday 1/27 - Reading and notes on 5.3 due at the beginning of class; also, please review Dr. Foner's Lecture 2 and answer the following questions:
1. According to Dr. Foner how can we define “slavery?”
2. Between 1500 to 1820, approximately 12.5 million people crossed the Atlantic to reach the “New World.” How many were slaves?
3. How did slavery develop differently as an institution in the Western Century? What implications did this have after the end of slavery?
4. Describe the “Middle Passage” – how where slaves arranged throughout the journey?
5. According to Professor Ira Berlin, what is the distinction between a “slave society and a society with slaves?”
6. What was the great slave commodity of Brazil and the Caribbean? Why was this market unique – what role did slaves play in the process?
7. How did Virginia become a slave society? Explain the significance of Pennsylvania, Bacon’s Rebellion, and tobacco.
1. Describe the “slave codes” enforced in the nineteenth century. Did free blacks share the same legal rights as whites?
2. Explain how slavery in North America financially influenced Great Britain.
3. Why did the American Revolution create a crisis for slavery?
4. Explain the death of slavery in the northern states. Describe when and how slaves in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey are officially emancipated.
5. Why does New York become a “slave haven” during the American Revolution? What do the British do with the slaves that flock to New York?”
6. Can the entire United States be described as a slave society during the mid-1800s? Explain.
7. How is slavery embedded in the Constitution? Explain the significance of the Three-Fifth Compromise, the Slave Trade Clause, and the Fugitive Slave Clause.
8. How does Jefferson justify the enslavement of African Americans?
9. How do qualifications for voting change throughout the nineteenth century?
10. How does the Industrial Revolution affect the need for slaves and cotton? How is New York City involved in the cotton trade?
11. What was the value of slaves as property versus banks, railroads, and property in 1860?
12. Where is slavery concentrated in the mid-1800s? What is this area known as?
13. Describe the institution of slavery in the Western Hemisphere in 1850s.
14. Was the antebellum South capitalist? Explain the arguments for and against this claim.
15. By the 1850s, what percentage of the world’s cotton supply came from the southern United States?
Thursday 1/29 - Reading and notes on 5.4 due at the beginning of class.
TBA - TEST on "Reform and Expansion 1815-1860" (Chapter 5).
Happy 2015 and welcome to an exciting new school year! This semester, we will begin by examining the individuals, events, and ideological shifts that lead to the onset of the Civil War.
As we begin this semester, please remember to check Engrade regularly as all grades will be posted weekly.
I look forward to a successful semester with you!
Please note this week's assignment schedule:
Wednesday 1/14 - Abolitionist autobiography due at the beginning of class.
Thursday 1/15 - Research question proposal due by the beginning of class. Please share this assignment with me via Google Docs (email@example.com)