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History : Essay

ESSAY QUESTION

Using primary and secondary sources (our textbook only), write a 2-3 page essay double-spaced analyzing the idea of agency (what did X do to Y, and how did Y react?) in ONLY ONE case of the following social relations in US history BEFORE 1877: white-Indian relations, white-Black relations, white-Asian relations, rich-poor relations, men-women relations, or North-South relations. Your essay must also show how past events influence present interactions between the social groups you elected to analyze.

Note: This essay should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. In the introduction, you should tell the reader what your argument is, and how you are going to support it. In the body of your essay, you will demonstrate your argument in paragraphs and in a balanced manner (3 or 4 paragraphs a page). A paragraph is composed of a topic sentence (Ex: the discovery of America changed the lives of most Europeans), and a justification (Ex: because the riches from the New World affected the lives of most Europeans), and an example (Ex: For example, in Spain, the silver mines of Mexico and of Potosi in present-day Bolivia brought greater wealth and an increase in population). Make sure to use a transitional word like thus, therefore, consequently, or however between paragraphs. Your essay should have a conclusion almost equal in size to your introduction. Conclusions reinstate the argument and the main evidence.