Study Guide for US History Essay

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AP American History Free Response Essays
Each day will have a specific essay question. For the 1st Quarter ONLY, you are to simply write a detailed outline of what you would include in your essay. From the 2nd Quarter on, you are to write both a detailed outline and the essay with it. The date listed will be the day the assignment is due.

September 16, 2009
Compare the cultures that could be found in the New World prior to the Europeans. Why were some groups more advanced than others throughout the same region?
September 17, 2009
Compare the experience of the French, Spanish, and English in colonizing the New World. What common perception of the region did they share? Discuss the differences in their relationship with Native
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Include examples of specific cases from the period.
November 18, 2009
In what ways did American cultural developments in the 1820s and 1830s reflect the democratic impulse of the period?
November 19, 2009
In what ways did the elections of 1828 and 1840 firmly establish the two-party system in American politics?
November 23, 2009
Is it correct to describe the 1830s as the Age of Democracy? Explain.
November 24, 2009
Why weren’t there more slave revolts and rebellions in the 200 year history of the South? In what other ways did slaves demonstrate their opposition to the system?
November 25, 2009
Evaluate the impact of slavery on the economic and social systems of the South.
November 26, 2009
How did the South’s reliance on a slave labor system restrict its ability to diversify its economy?
November 30, 2009
Discuss how the American social reform movement evolved out of the Second Great Awakening.
December 1, 2009
Why did social reformers view alcohol as the greatest threat to public morality in the United States?
December 2, 2009
In what ways could American women of the first half of the 19th century be said to have benefited from changes that resulted from the social reform movement?
December 3, 2009
Compare the United States’ foreign policy toward Mexico and Great Britain in the 1830s and 1840s.