General Instructions: Basic Organization: In responding to an essay question, it
General Instructions: Basic Organization: In responding to an essay question, it is important to think carefully about what the question asks you to do. A good essay in response to the exam prompts will not only engage the historical content but will also use that information to develop a carefully reasoned response to a specific prompt. Strong essays will demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills in addition to content knowledge. Your essay should also demonstrate your ability to apply basic academic writing conventions. This means that grammar, spelling, and organization matter. So be sure to "polish" your essay before you submit it. Each essay should include a thoughtful and complete introduction, body, and conclusion. Your introductions should have a clear thesis (central argument) that is relevant to the prompt. Your essay should engage a diversity of specific course content (Module pages, textbook, videos), and the course theme, to provide a clear response, explanation, and analysis of the essay prompt (substantiated with evidence from the course content itemized above). Again, write one essay, typed, using Times New Roman or Calibri font (12 points). Your Essay must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Again, only course content should be used to support your essay. Cite Sources: Support your essay with a wide diversity of specific details, examples, and concrete facts drawn from diverse course content (again, the textbook chapters 15-18, Weekly Module pages, and relevant videos). Such specific information must be cited from course materials. If you cite content from the textbook, simply place the author's name--Foner--along with the page number from which you drew the information inside the parenthesis, following the information used. For example (Foner, 834). If you cite content from the Weekly Module pages, just provide the page number, inside the parenthesis, following the information used. For example (4.2 Week 4 Content and Course Theme). If you cite from one of the videos from Weeks 1-4, just provide the video name, and the time counter number of the section in the video you use, inside the parenthesis, following the information used. For example (The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, 34:09). AGAIN: Use ONLY course content for your essays. While no works cited page is necessary, be sure to clearly cite the source and location of the evidence you use in your essay. Do not use Wikipedia or ANY other online sources that are not part of this class, or you will receive a "0" (not just "F," but 0/140). Every submission goes through Turnitin, a plagiarism detection service. Okay. That’s enough reminders and warnings. Let’s do this! Final Exam Prompts Please read the following instructions carefully: You have a choice of three essay prompts, below, but you only need to respond to one of them! Please copy the questions to which you're responding, and then paste them at the top of the essay you write, in the document in which you compose your essay. Please double-space your essay (to make it easier for me to read). Be sure to support your essay with a diversity of concrete details, specifics, and examples, from a diversity of course content. In the prompt to which you choose to respond, explain how "conflicts over the meaning and boundaries of freedom" can help explain that period of American history. Remember, conflicts have winners and losers. So, in your essays, you'll want to indicate who won, or whose freedom was protected or expanded by the way those conflicts played out, and who lost, or whose freedom wasn't protected, or was restricted, or reduced by defeat. Finally, be sure to provide a strong chronology in your essay; that is, be sure that by the time the reader of your essay is finished reading it that they can precisely and accurately identify the time period in which the historical events and elements, upon which you wrote, took place. Prompt 1. Drawing on textbook material, Weekly Module pages, and videos, compose an essay that explains and analyzes both the major origins and effects of the remarkable economic expansion of the United States between the Civil War and World War I, 1865-1916, and the major conflicts that took place in that era over the meaning and boundaries of freedom (for example, the causes and consequences of conflicts between employers and employees, etc., etc.). Be sure to use specific examples from chapters 15-18 in the textbook, and from the relevant Weekly Module pages and videos, to support your essay. Prompt 2. Drawing on textbook material, Weekly Module pages, and videos, compose an essay that explains and analyzes how race and gender were major boundaries and battlegrounds of freedom conflicts in the United States between the Civil War and World War I, 1865-1916 (for example, Reconstruction, women's suffrage, etc., etc.). Be sure to use specific examples from chapters 15-18 in the textbook, and from the relevant Weekly Module pages and videos, to support your essay. Prompt 3. Drawing on textbook material, Weekly Module pages, and videos, compose an essay that explains and analyzes the origins and consequences of the populist and progressive movements. Be sure to explain how they were similar and how they differed. And, of course, explain how the concept of conflict over the meaning and boundaries of freedom helps explain them (for example, the populist and progressive movements were "new" in American history in the way they defined freedom, etc., etc.). Be sure to use specific examples from chapters 15-18 in the textbook, and from the relevant Weekly Module pages and videos, to support your essay.

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