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3-paragraph Essay (min: 300 words) due Sunday, September 11:: In this Unit we are looking at the early decades of political, social, and cultural formation of the United States. In these years, citizens of the evolving country made critical decisions about the shape, purpose, and function of government that continue to influence our lives today. They also established both social institutions and norms that have defined the identity and practice of Americans throughout the centuries. As Professor Foner points out in each chapter, critical (and enduring) fault lines emerged early on in our nation’s history when it came to understanding the meaning, social construction, and boundaries of freedom. These fault lines were primarily focused on the social categories of race, gender, and class. I would like us to explore these “fault lines” in our Unit 1 discussion. Specifically, I want us to discuss how the meaning, social construction, and boundaries of freedom varied from person to person depending on their race, gender, and/or class. To accomplish this, please choose one of the following “historical actors” from this time period. A Native American living in the American southwest in the 17th century A (white, male) leader of a New England town in the 17th century A white woman living in a New England town in the 17th century A German shoemaker (male) living in Philadelphia in the 18th century An English merchant (male) living in Philadelphia in the 18th century A plantation owner (white, male) living in Georgia in the 18th century An African American slave living (male or female) in Virginia in the 17th century A Native American leader (male) living in the Great Lakes region in the 18th century A wealthy white male property owner living in the colonies in 1776 A "loyalist" (white, male) living in the colonies in 1776 An African American slave (male or female) living in Virginia in 1776 A white woman living in the colonies in 1776 An anti-federalist (white, male) living in the United States in the late 1770s A white woman living in the United States in the 1780s and 90s A poor white woman (a “Mill Girl”) working in a factory in the early 19th century A rich factory owner (white, male) in the early 19th century A religious intellectual (white, male) in the early 19th century After making your choice, review the information found in the assigned chapters as well as the “Voices of Freedom” that relate to your historical actor. Utilizing that historical information found in the assigned chapters from the textbook as well as a “Voice of Freedom” section that relates to the actor you have chosen, discuss how this person would have interpreted the meaning, social conditions, and boundaries of freedom. Specifically think about and then seek to answer the following questions in your essay (note that not all questions apply to each of the actors listed above – think about and answer the ones that directly apply to your actor): How would your historical person have defined the meaning of freedom? On a day to day basis, what did “freedom” mean and/or not mean to your historical person? What privileges (social, cultural, institutional) existed in your historical person’s life that enabled her/him to live out her/his conception of freedom? What challenges (social, cultural, institutional) existed in your historical person’s life that prevented her/him from living out her/his conception of freedom? What threats to freedom were perceived by your historical person? How did your historical person seek to alleviate those threats? What did your historical person think were the “ideal conditions” for freedom? What actions would you’re your historical person have taken to create an environment of “ideal conditions” for freedom? Who did your historical person think was “beyond the boundaries” of freedom? Why? Did your historical person struggle to create freedom for others? If so, how? Did your historical person deny freedom to others? If so, how? Once you have reviewed the textual information and identified at least one Voice of Freedom that speaks to your historical person’s perspective and experience and after you have thought through the questions listed above, construct a 3-paragraph essay (min: 300 words) in which you explain the meaning, social conditions, and boundaries of freedom in the life of your historical person. NOTE: your essay should not be a list of answers to the questions listed above, but instead should be an academic essay constructed in a fluid way to address the fundamental issues raised in those questions. A clear thesis statement should be found in your Introductory paragraph, your Body paragraph should clearly expand the thesis statement and defend it using historical information from the textbook and Voice of Freedom except, and your conclusion should identify clearly what can be learned from your essay about the meaning, social conditions, and boundaries of freedom in the US during the time period being studied. 3 response posts (min: 150 words each) due Sunday, September 25: Your Compare/Contrast response post must be in response to a student who has written on a different historical actor and used a different Voice of Freedom excerpt. Discuss similarities and differences between your essay and the essay of another student. Explain how these similarities and differences help us better understand the meaning, social conditions, and boundaries of freedom during this time period. Your “floating” response post may be in response to a student who has posted in response to your essay (or another student’s essay) or to one of the professor’s posts throughout the Unit discussion. Demonstrate engagement with the historical material being discussed and with the person to whom you are responding. Finally, look for the Connect to the Present Question which will be posted by the Professor. After reading the question, conduct research (using appropriate search engines, library resources, etc.) in order to better understand the significance of the issues discussed in this Unit for the US today. Remember, to clearly cite your sources!
3-paragraph Essay (min: 300 words) due Sunday, September 11:: In this Unit we are looking at the early decades of political, social, and cultural formation of the United States. In these years, citizens of the evolving country made critical decisions about the shape, purpose, and function of government that continue to influence our lives today.
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