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Essay Assignment: Gilded Age or America Overseas
Welcome to the first essay assignment Some reminders from the syllabus:
These papers are designed to be an opportunity for you to interact with the material and voice your own opinion. These are not research papers.
Answer the following question. Be sure that you include a thesis statement, evidence, and analysis.
Please review the prerequisite essay assignments for what constitutes a proper thesis, evidence, and analysis.
Choose only one of the essay prompts to answer – you are submitting one essay
Compare and contrast the experiences of at least 2 of the following different groups of people living during the Gilded Age – urban workers, farmers, Native Americans, immigrants, and African-Americans. How were their experiences similar and how were their experiences different?
Between the years 1865 and 1920, was American intervention in global affairs (around the world) justified? Overall, did American intervention have a net positive or negative effect on the world?
For full credit your paper must:
– Be a minimum of 2 pages
– Double spaced, size 12 font, 1 inch margins
– Quote 2 primary source readings in your paper. Each essay choice has their own set of primary sources, make sure you are using the right ones!
Utilize the in-text citation format, examples below:
“Weapons, they have none” (Christopher Columbus)
“Government of New Plymouth” (United Colonies)
If you need to cite the textbook, use in-text citations with the author’s last name and page number, example below:
“The Jamestown deathtrap” (Brinkley, 54)
– No online or outside sources are to be used in these writing assignments. Please only use the information from the textbook, videos, and source readings in assessing this question.
– Keep citations to a minimum – when using quotes, no more than 3 lines, and 4 total citations.
Primary Soruces Gilded Age:
Booker T Washington,
Populist Party Platform
Primary Sources America Overseas:
Henry Cabot Lodge
President William McKinley