Please select one of the following three questions, and use your lecture notes and The American Promise to answer it; you do not need to research any other material. The essay should be 3 to 4 pages in length, double-spaced, and have a 12-point font. Please be thorough and detailed. You do not need to use formal citations, but please use 4 to 5 quotations and mention page numbers when citing material. See rubric details in the syllabus, and remember the late-work (and if necessary the email) policy).
- Chapter 12: The Free North and West, 1840-1860. Between 1840 and 1850, the United States gained one-third more land than it had previously, achieving its goal of stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Discuss three major land acquisitions made during that decade. Include important events and their final outcomes, and outline which lands were added to America.
- Chapter 13: The Slave South, 1820-1860. Describe in detail the family, religious, and community life of slaves. Were slaves able to retain any of their African culture?
Chapter 15: The Crucible of War, 1861-1865. Compare the North and South in terms of ability to fight the U.S. Civil War. Considering the advantages the North had, analyze why it took the North as long as it did to defeat the South.