REVISED: Homework/Review Work Dec 4 – Dec 12

Ok, as we discussed in class, we will postpone the final version of the Colonization Essay until the beginning of second semester.  If you choose to work on the essay during the break, then keep your writing folder however if you know that you will not work on it please make sure that I have your folder.

So here is the schedule for the next two classes:

Dec 7 and 11 – review days – choose at least four of the essay questions and prepare outlines for the responses. Bring hard copies to class.

By Dec 11 – Current Events

Dec 12 – 7:20 am (very early) – US History exam (yes, I will be proctoring the exam – yay!)

NOTE: I will return your Unit 5 test to you in class on Friday so you have it for your review process.

REVISED: First Semester Exam Review – 2012

Our first semester exam will have three parts:

  1. Multiple Choice – 22 questions – 1 point each
  2. Connection identifications – 12 points (2 pts x 6 pairs)
  3. Essay – TWO – with a REQUIRED outline section for each –  33 points x 2 = 66 points total (3 points for each required outline section) – see Exam Rubric.
Possible essay questions might include – prepare outlines for at least four of the following:
  1. In many revolutions violence precedes a change of governments.  In American history, the ten years between 1765 and 1775 provided the colonists a long period to think through what they were going to do before resorting to armed violence.  Discuss the changes in colonial thinking during this ten-year period.
  2. In what ways did the European colonization alter the lives of the Native Americans in the eastern part of North America? Discuss three to four types of change (time frame – early colonization period up to 1830).
  3. From 1689 to 1763 (the period of the Colonial Wars, of which the French-Indian war was the last) several European nations vied for control of the North American continent. Why did England win the struggle?
  4. “The American Revolution should really be called the ‘British Revolution’, because marked changes in British colonial policy were more responsible for the final political division than were American actions.” Assess the validity of this statement for the period of 1763-1776.
  5. Since the beginning of British colonization, the presence of the Native Americans had been a challenge to the colonization efforts.  Discuss the change in policy from  the early colonization period to the beginning of the 19th century.  What was the justification of this new approach, and how successful was it?   By the later half of the 19th century, the official policy shifted again to a new resolution to the “Indian problem”   – what was this policy and to what extent did it finally resolve the “problem”?   If you had lived during the 19th Century, what would you have proposed as a solution to the conflicts between American society and the Native American community?
  6. The arrival of immigrants on American shores in the 19th century involved both “push” and “pull” factors. Describe the major motives that caused emigrants to leave Europe and Asia and come to the United States during this time period. Be very specific about which immigrant groups, reasons why, and dates – you also should discuss how they arrived in the United States and gained entry.
  7. Fear of newly arriving immigrants has been a constant in American history. With respect to the New Immigrants of the mid to late 19th century, describe what the native-born Americans were concerned about and how they reacted to the wave of immigrants arriving on the U.S. shores.  To what extent were these fears well-founded – why or why not? How did American society try to resolve some of the problems/challenges that increasing immigration caused?  To what extent were these efforts successful?
  8. Create your own definition of imperialism. Then use this definition to discuss: to what extent was the United States an imperialistic nation in the 1840s? Be very specific about dates, events. locations, and the politicians or other nations involved.

Essay Questions for Unit 5 Test

You will be asked to choose between two of the following questions:


Discuss the varied groups of people and reasons why they left their homes in Europe to come to the United States in the Nineteenth Century. How did these immigrants become part of the American Experience?  Consider the following:

    • Groups of immigrants in the early vs later 1800s.
    • Be specific about which groups left and why
    • Discuss the concept of a melting pot and to what extent it is an accurate metaphor for the American immigrant experience


Describe two factors what contributed to the rise of nationalism in the early 1800s and two factors that contributed to the rise of sectionalism.  Consider the following:

  • The American System
  • Economic differences between regions
  • The Missouri Compromise
  • States’ rights


In what areas did the United States expand its territory between the 1830s and 1850s?  What events and factors drove this expansion?  Consider the following:

  • Practical and idealistic reasons for settling the West
  • Treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government
  • Territorial disputes with other countries



Homework Nov 28 – Dec 11/ Unit 5 Identifications – REVISED

Here are all the homework assignments from now until the end of the semester – please note that the due date for the Current Events is flexible – you can give it to me anytime between Nov 30 and Dec 7.

Nov 28 and 30 – work on first draft of your essay – a completed first draft must be brought to the Writer’s Workshop we are having in class on Friday, Nov 30.

Dec 4 – Unit 5 Identifications due (see revised list below)

Dec 7 – Final version of your essay is due

Dec 11 – outlines of essay questions due (you will receive these questions on Dec 4 and can work on them in class on Dec 7)


Exam review dates – Dec 7 and 11

Exam date – Dec 12


REVISION to Unit 5 Identifications – please REMOVE the following terms/people/events from your list:

  • Abolition
  • Cotton Gin
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Bloody Kansas
  • Dred Scott Case
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Fugitive Slave Act
  • Underground railroad



Missing Immigration Information – Please add to your notebooks!

Yay – I found the missing Immigration PPT notes so please add the following information to your immigration class notes:

Groups of European Immigrants – dates, numbers and reasons for immigration

Russian Jews – late 1800s and early 1900s, due to Russian pograms

Italians – surge in immigration beginning in 1870s, by 1900 700,000 have arrived in US, initially mainly male immigrants

Germans – steady immigration from late 1700s throughout the 1800s but a surge around 1850s due to political unrest and economic hardships, by 1858 over 1 million German immigrants have come to the US, including some German Jews

Irish – potato famine in Ireland begins in 1845, between 1845 and 1854 over 1 million people die and 2 million people immigrate to the US (1/4 of Ireland’s population).  Irish immigration continues to beginning of WWI – and many Irish immigrants join the Union side and fight as foot soldiers in the Civil War.

Homework Due Nov 26 – Two Parts

  1. Review for map quiz – you need to be able to label each state and identify the following geographic features:
  • Columbia R
  • Great Salt Lake
  • Colorado River
  • Rio Grande
  • Missouri R
  • Platte R
  • Mississippi R
  • The 5 Great Lakes (label each one)
  • Ohio R
  • Hudson R
  • Potomac R
  • Boston Harbor
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Gulf Of Mexico
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Great Plains
  • Appalachians
  • Black Hills


2.  Complete the reading assignment given to you in class today and respond to the questions:

  • 215 – 217: questions (p 218) #4
  • 220 – 223: questions (p 223) #3 & 4
  • 226 – 229: questions (p 229) #4
  • 248 – 253: questions (p 253) #2 (in a chart) & 4
  • 280 – 285: questions (p 285) #2 (in a chart) & 3
  • 297 – 299: questions (p 299) #4
  • 304 – 309: questions (p 309) # 2 (in a chart) & 5


Homework Due Nov 22

Please check the earlier post in which I listed the homework for Nov 20 and 22 – I have revised the post to include the instructions for your second map exercise.  Please remember to use the colored map I gave you in class last week.

A Response to Bill O’Reilly’s Lamentations about the changing demographic of America

Daily Show Nov 15, 2012

Ok, so you know that sometimes Jon Stewart can be colorful with his language so just forwarded to the story about Bill O’Reilly. Focus on the issue of immigration and the role it plays in the American Experience.

REVISED: Homework Due November 20th and 22nd – MAP QUIZ Nov 26

Due November 20:

  • Complete Historical Map Exercise
  • Read the excerpt from Habits of Empire – annotate looking for the thesis, bias and new knowledge


Due November 22:

  • Current map of the US (with all the details as listed on the Map Exercise – United States of America worksheet).
  • Two more body paragraphs for your essay –  make sure that you have a Works Cited page and are continuing to add to it.




New Election Map

Election Graphics Show How Obama Won