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Below you will find a collection of homework assignments.

Homework Assignments

US History - A Block

Due: 11/19

Chapter 6 Section 2 - Read and do all vocabulary, all checkpoint questions and the focus question.

US History - F Block

Due: 11/19

Chapter 6 Section 2 - Read and do all vocabulary, all checkpoint questions and the focus question.

Honors US History - E Block

Due: 11/19

Chapter 6 Section 2 - Read and do Assessment Questions 1,2,4,5,6 and 7.

AP US History - BG5H5 Blocks

Due: 11/17-11/20

Due Monday, November 17th – Read pages 418-431 - Be prepared to connect the vignette to one of the 12 themes. Read Immigration and Ethnicity and Urban America.

Respond to the following questions in writing:

  1. Immigration has been a major factor shaping America. Who were the most numerous immigrants in the 1840s and 1850s and how did their arrival affect the society? (420-425)
  1. Many in the United States reacted negatively to the immigration of the 1840s and 1850s. Why? Explain whom the immigrants were, the reasons why they came, the general conditions in society, and the reception they received. (420-425)
  1. Why did immigrants and free African-Americans build their own enclaves within the larger society? (422-423)
  1. After 1820 the United States experienced a period of rapid urban growth. What role did the transportation and the market revolutions play in promoting this growth and the change in urban life? Was life better? Explain. (425-429)
  1. The market and transportations revolutions transformed the cities and had some of their biggest effects on the poorest elements of the population. What was the effect of the breakdown of the hierarchical society and of the artisan system of training and production? Why was their so much violence? (425-429)
  1. Cities grew rapidly from 1820-1860. What were the major problems these cities faced and what methods did people adopt to try to solve them?

Due Tuesday, November 18th– Read The Labor Movement and Urban Politics – pages 431-434. Respond to the following questions in writing:

1.How did the status of artisans and the urban workmen change in the early nineteenth century? How did this affect their behavior?

2.Why did the Workingman’s Party campaign to preserve the small artisan’s shop? What larger things might they have been trying to preserve as well? (432)

3.How did the urban political machines operate? What were their good points and their bad points? (433-434)

Due Wednesday, November 19th – Read Social Reform Movements – pages 435 to the top of 442. Respond in writing to the following questions:

  1. Why did middle-class Americans begin to push for reforms like temperance, common schools, etc?
  2. How did the targets of these reforms feel about the reformers?
  3. Why did the 1830s see a rise in utopian movements?
  4. Why were most of them unsuccessful?
  5. Why did the Mormons succeed?

Due Thursday, November 20th – Read Antislavery and Abolitionism and The Women’s Rights Movement – pages 442-448. Respond in writing to the following questions:  1.Why did the abolition movement take off in the 1830s?

2. How was it different from previous efforts to attack slavery?

3. How successful was it?

4. What were its chief tactics?

5.What was the connection between the abolition movement and the women’s rights movement?



Contemporary Issues in Social Science - C Block

Due: 11/25

American Exceptionalism


            Is America an exceptional nation? In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2013 President Obama noted, “Some may disagree, but I believe that America is exceptional, in part because we have shown a willingness through the sacrifice of blood and treasure to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest but for the interest of all.” Do you agree with the president’s statement? If so, in what way has America demonstrated (both in the past and today) that it is exceptional? If you disagree with the president, clearly present the case as to why America is not an exceptional nation.

            Your assignment is to further research the idea of American exceptionalism, (including political, social, and economic factors) which will result in a position paper that clearly articulates your stance regarding this controversial concept.

            As with any essay, you will need to develop your thesis with a body of supporting evidence. However, a persuasive essay of this type must also acknowledge the arguments of the alternate position. Thus, you must show me in this essay that you understand and can articulate your opposition’s arguments while simultaneously making a coherent argument for how these concerns can be handled and why your position is superior.

            As you near your conclusion you should finish on a positive note by emphasizing the strengths of your position.

            Read your essay aloud to yourself or to another person to catch possible errors and/or awkward phrasing.

            Due Date: Tuesday, November 25th


            Minimum two pages typed, double-spaced, 12-point font

            Two-source minimum – note sources must go beyond those we have already used in class

            Acknowledge sources both within the framework of the paper and in a brief bibliography at the end of your paper. Do not just list web addresses.       

            *Remember: An A paper will acknowledge both positions, while clearly addressing how the opposition’s arguments can be addressed and by supporting your own argument well.