After the Civil War, the United States had to recover from war,handle western expansion, and grapple with very new economic forms.However, its greatest issues would revolve around the legacies ofslavery and increasing diversity in the decades after the Civil War. Inthe South, former slaves now had freedom and new opportunities but,despite the Reconstruction period, faced old prejudices and rapidlyforming new barriers. Immigrants from Europe and Asia came in largenumbers but then faced political and social restrictions. Womencontinued to seek rights. Yet, on the whole, America became increasinglydiverse by the 1920s. Consider developments, policies, and laws in thatperiod from 1865 to the 1920s. Examine the statement below and drawingfrom provided sources, present a paper with specific examples andarguments to demonstrate the validity of your position.
Statement—in which you can take a pro or con position:
- Political policies and movements in the period from 1865 to the1920s generally promoted diversity and “the melting pot” despite thestrong prejudices of a few. (or you can take the position that they didnot). Use specific examples of policies or movements from differentdecades to support your position.
After giving general consideration to your readings so far and any general research, select one of the positions above as your position—yourthesis. (Sometimes after doing more thorough research, you might choosethe reverse position. This happens with critical thinking and inquiry.Your final paper might end up taking a different position than youoriginally envisioned.) Organize your paper as follows, handling theseissues:
- The position you choose —or something close to it—will be the thesis statement in your opening paragraph.
- To support your position, use three (3) specific examples fromdifferent decades between 1865 and 1930. You may narrowly focus on raceor gender or immigrant status, or you may use examples relevant to allcategories.
- Explain why the opposing view is weak in comparison to yours.
- Consider your life today: In what way does the history you haveshown shape or impact issues in your workplace or desired profession?
Length: The paper should be 500-to-750 words in length.
Research and References: You must use a MINIMUM of three sources;the Schultz textbook must be one of them. Your other two sources shouldbe drawn from the list provided below. This is guided research, notopen-ended Googling.
Source list for Assignment 1: Some sources are“primary” sources from the time period being studied. Some sourcesbelow can be accessed via direct link or through the primary sourceslinks on Blackboard. Each week has a different list of primarysources. For others, they are accessible through the permalink to the source in our online library: Sources below having libdatab.strayer.edu as part of the URL have a permalink to that source in our university’s online library.
SWS Form for the textbook: Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Choose sources relevant to the topic and position you are taking:
Y. Abu-Laban& V. Lamont. 1997. Crossing borders: Interdisciplinary, Immigrationand the Melting Pot in the American Cultural Imaginary. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=392542&site=eds-live&scope=site
Black Testimony on the Aftermath of Enslavement. 1866. Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/black_testimony.htm
Chinese Exclusion Act. 1882. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/chinese_exclusion_act.htm
Civil War Journeys. n.d. The Lost Cause. http://civil-war-journeys.org/the_lost_cause.htm
J. C. Bancroft Davis. 1896. Plessy vs. Ferguson. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/plessy_ferguson_1896.htm
Fitzgerald, M. W. January, 2018. Terrorism and Racial Coexistence in Alabama’s Reconstruction. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=127269628&site=eds-live&scope=site
G. M. Foster. Feb. 24, 2002. The Lost Cause. http://www.civilwarhome.com/lostcause.html
S. S. Harjo. 1996. Now and Then: Native Peoples in the United States. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eue&AN=507507152&site=eds-live&scope=site
J. Meacham. 2017. Our Historical Ambivalence about Immigrants is a Great American Paradox. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=121093561&site=eds-live&scope=site
Mississippi Black Code. n.d. http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/recon/code.html
W. G. Moody. 1883. Bonanza Farming and Its Impact. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/bonanza_farming_impact.htm
Katy Morris. March, 2017. “More reputation than she deserves”. Remembering Suffrage in Wyoming. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=120948598&site=eds-live&scope=site
E. F. Parsons. Feb., 2011. Klan Skepticism and Denial in Reconstruction-Era Public Discourse. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=57671212&site=eds-live&scope=site
Populist Party Platform. 1896. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/populist_partyplatform_1896.htm
Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Upton Sinclair. 1906. Attack on the Meatpackers. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/attack_meatpackers.htm
J. D. Zahniser. Dec., 2015. “How long must we wait?” Alice Paul Wanted Action on Votes for Women. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=109513499&site=eds-live&scope=site
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- This course requires use of new Strayer Writing Standards (SWS).The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Pleasetake a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
- Be typed, double spaced between lines, using Times New Roman font(size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and referencesmust follow SWS format. Check with your professor for any additionalinstructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, thestudent’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.The cover page and the Sources page are not included in the requiredassignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Identify and discuss the different ways that the heritage ofslavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and segregation have shapedAmerica’s history.
- Specify ways that women and minorities have responded to challenges and made contributions to American culture.
- Summarize and discuss the ways that formal policies of governmenthave influenced the direction of historical and social development inthe United States.
- Recognize the major turning points in American history since the Civil War.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary U.S. history.
- Write clearly and concisely about contemporary U.S. history using proper writing mechanics.
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