HIST 405 All Discussions


HIST 405 All Discussions
Explain how and why slavery developed in the American colonies. Why couldn’t colonists…


HIST 405 All Discussions

HIST 405 All Discussions

Week 1-7 All Students Posts 386 Pages 

The Cost of Expansion & Colonial Identities – Week 1 – 53 Pages 


The Cost of Expansion – 29 Pages 


Explain how and why slavery developed in the American colonies. Why couldn’t colonists use indentured servants as they had in the past? How would you describe the differences between slaves and indentured servants? Class, so how would you describe the differences between slaves and indentured servants? Why did colonists choose to use slaves as opposed to indentured servants?…

Colonial Identities – 24 Pages 


The colonies of New England, the Mid –Atlantic and the Upper and Lower South developed their own forms of culture, conduct and commerce. Given the choice, where would you have preferred to live?  In terms of culture, conduct and commerce, how were these colonies alike? How were they different?…

The American Revolution & Confederation and Constitution – Week 2 – 58 Pages 


The American Revolution – 29 Pages 


How did the British colonists evolve from good citizens to revolutionaries who could compose and back something as special as the Declaration of Independence? What were the causes of the American Revolution?…

Confederation and Constitution – 29 Pages 


What were the main problems with the Articles of Confederation that led to the Constitutional Convention of 1787? How did the national government under the Constitution differ from the Articles of Confederation? How did the Constitution reorganize the national government?  Define the “market revolution”. What does this mean?…

The Market Revolution & Manifest Destiny – Week 3 – 56 Pages 


The Market Revolution – 27 Pages 


Discuss America’s transportation revolution that took place during the first half of the 1800s, including the development of roads, canals, railroads, and steamboats. How did they contribute to the “market revolution?” Elaborate….

Manifest Destiny – 29 Pages 


Why did the Mexican War of 1846 take place? Was the war necessary? Was it a good thing? What does this war tell us about this period of American history? Was it God’s plan that the U.S. extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific, or were imperialists looking for a way to defend what they planned to do anyway? Elaborate. Class, let’s start with the Mexican War of 1846. Why did it happen? Was it necessary? Was it a good thing? (If so, for who?)…

The Civil War & Reconstruction – Week 4 – Posts 59 Pages 


The Civil War – 30 Pages 


In the beginning, each side in the Civil War believed the war would be brief and that their side would win. What advantages did each side hold that made them feel this way? Elaborate. What were the major events that propelled the United States into a civil war in 1861?…

Reconstruction – 29 Pages 


Lincoln had one plan for bringing the rebel states back into the Union; Andrew Johnson another; and the Radical Republican Congress a third. Discuss the aims of each president, and explain why and in what ways Congress took control of Reconstruction. What were the key events of Reconstruction and why did it ultimately fail?…

America and the Industrial Revolution & Imperialism and America – Week 5 – 52 Pages 


America and the Industrial Revolution – 27 Pages 


Describe the basic industries of America’s Industrial Revolution and explain what made the men who controlled them so successful. Select one industry to argue your point (such as the petroleum industry). Were the men who dominated this industry “robber barons,” as some suggested, or simply good businessmen? Explain your answer.  What factors led to the rise of big business? …

Imperialism and America – 25 Pages 


Discuss the events that drew the United States into World War I. To what extent did ethnicity play a role in America’s neutrality from1914-1917? How significant was America’s contribution to the war effort? Elaborate. Class, so let’s talk about World War I. What events drew the US into the war?…

The Great Depression & World War II – Week 6 – 54 Pages 


The Great Depression – 28 Pages 


What were the underlying causes of the depression? Why did the Great Depression of the 1930s seem so much worse than any occurring either before or since? Can you see any modern parallels to the Great Depression?  What were the underlying causes of the Great Depression? What led up to it?…

World War II – 26 Pages 


What were the underlying causes of World War II? Select one event that you think irrevocably led the world (and the U.S.) to war more than any other event. Argue your selection with details that support your answer…

The Cold War & Terrorism in the 21st Century – Week 7 – 54 Pages


The Cold War – 27 Pages 


How did the Cold War affect the social and political climate in the United States during the 1950s? In particular, how do you explain McCarthyism and the Red Scare? Can you think of any modern parallels to these events, when fear and paranoia threatened basic American liberties?  how did the Cold War affect the social and political climate in the US during the 1950s?…

Terrorism in the 21st Century – 27 Pages 


Discuss how you see the “war on terrorism” as of this date. Do you think the United States should be engaged in such a war? Give reasons for or against this war and whether or not we are giving up our own principles to wage it….