Final Essay Prompt
Format: typed, with double-spaced lines
Length: 700-800 words (You can write more than 800, but I will only read the first 800 words.)
Font: a standard 12 font such as Ariel or New Times Roman
Save your essay as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) file and turn it in to the Final Essay assignment area. (Be sure to include your last name as part of your file name.)
A major theme in this course has been effect of slavery on the development of the United States as a nation. Your essay will address the two prompts below. Please note the rubric at the end, as it indicates there is considerably more weighting on prompt #1 than on prompt #2.
Prompt #1 is designed to see what you’ve learned from the readings and audio lectures assigned in this course; therefore, these are the only sources you are allowed to use to address this prompt. Remember that copying passages, even as short as 5-6 words, can constitute plagiarism. Copying any material, including Internet sources, can result in you failing the course, so don’t do it. I will be checking forthis. No citations are necessary. Here are your prompts:
1) Using at least four specific examples, explain how the United States attempted to resolve the slavery issue from the period of the American Revolution up to the beginning of the Civil War. (These attempts could be things such as laws, proposed laws, court cases and/or political party platforms.) Be sure to write this as a narrative, meaning that it should read like a story (i.e., there should be some sort of connection as you move from one example to the next). Do not simply write this part of the essay as a series of four bullet points. Tell your story of how the nation tried to resolve the slavery issue in chronological order. For each of your examples, discuss not only what was proposed regarding slavery, but also the conditions that led to your example and the effects of your example.
2) In your opinion, how strongly is the nation’s history regarding slavery affecting America today? Support your argument with a specific example.
You will be graded on the basis of the rubric below.
Writing clarity (grammar, spelling, punctuation, overall organization) 20%
Prompt #1: Historical accuracy, clarity of explanation, and quantity and quality of examples used. 80%
Prompt #2: Clarity of argument and support with specific example. 10%
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