American Society in the 19 century

Assignment: Write two essays should follow the format with 3 paragraphs (intro, body paragraphs with evidence, conclusion). You can choose Two of three to write, each one with one page. Think of how other writers might think differently than those you discuss, and give your critical analysis of their accounts. Body needs clear introduction and conclusion sentence.

Conclusion: specific for interesting. You should use the resource as evidence from the books I list below, also you can used the resource from the short article, I have upload in the introduction. No resource from other readings.

1: One driving question of this course is, to what degree are individuals’ lives predetermined by events and structural circumstances beyond their control? To what degree can individuals change the world in which they live? Use the life of either Elijah Pearson or Robert Matthews described in The Kingdom of Matthias to answer this question.

Describe the ways that Pearson/ Matthews life was predetermined by larger structural circumstances. Next describe the ways he changed the world in which he lived. In the conclusion, address which “historical force” you believe is more powerful. Can individuals determine the course of their lives? To what extent?

2: We’ve discussed major changes in American ideas during the 19th century, including ideas about racism. Do you think that racism during the 19th century was primarily a product of economic circumstances, immigration, or American science and culture? Your answer must address all aspects, and include specific examples.

3: Terms such as “liberty” and “equality” are often discussed in 19th Century political documents in the United States. However, as we’ve seen these ideas have not been followed in American actions. In an essay, describe at least two ways in which ideas of liberty and equality have been challenged in American history. Make sure to use specific examples. Why do you believe that political actions have not matched the rhetorical ideal?


Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Louisa May Alcott, Hospital Sketches

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