US History

I. General Info
Your essay should be three to four pages double spaced and word processed and uploaded to Canvas in a
compatible file format before the announced deadline.
Each essay should develop a clear thesis and offer evidence from all relevant assigned readings and the lecture
PowerPoints. You must also incorporate at least three direct quotations from Give Me Liberty and/or another
assigned reading into your essay.
Outside research is NOT required for this assignment.
II. Essay Questions
For the midterm, you will write an essay based on one of three essay questions. DO NOT write an essay that
answers more than one or all three questions—choose ONE of the questions below.
Question 1: How did English-Indian relations evolve during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth
centuries?
In recent weeks we discussed European-Indian relations related to the fur trade and imperial wars between
Great Britain and France during the eighteenth century. You may incorporate some of that material into this
question, but this question demands you to step back and assess European-Indian relations over a wider time
frame: from the beginning of English settlement at Roanoke in 1585 to the outbreak of the American
Revolution in 1775. How did English-Indian relations change during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth
centuries? Also, what aspects of English-Indian relations did not change during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and
eighteenth centuries?
Question 2: How did African & African American slavery evolve during the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries?
A few weeks back, we discussed the emergence of slavery in Virginia during the seventeenth century. You can
incorporate some of that material into this question, but this question demands that you step back and assess
how slavery evolved not only during the seventeenth century, but over the course of the eighteenth century as
well. How did slavery evolve in tandem with the rest of colonial society from 1619 to the outbreak of the
American Revolution in 1775? Just as important, what were some of the major experiences of slavery for
Africans and African Americans?
Question 3: What short- and long-term developments explain why the colonists rebelled against British
authority in 1775?
In recent days, we have discussed key events in the American Revolution, and, just as importantly, key events
that led the colonists to the rebel against Great Britain in the first place. You can incorporate some of that
material into this question, but this question demands that you step back and assess some key short- and long-
term causes of the Revolution. Which major political events after the Seven Years’ War sparked rebellion? Just
as important, what long-term developments—what aspects of colonial economic and political life stretching
back to the seventeenth and sixteenth centuries—explain colonial ideas of independence and the colonists’
rejection of British authority after the Seven Years’ War?