The Unfinished Nation – Volume 1 – edition 8
Each question is organized around a central theme, but also provides you with the freedom to answer it in a manner of your choosing. You get to decide what information to use AND to leave out). Regardless of the choices you make regarding the content, you must include a well written, clear and persuasive thesis statement that is supported by SPECIFIC EXAMPLES, which are organized into separate distinct paragraphs. As we have discussed your conclusion should act as a summation of your claim and major points.
1 What was the status of Native American, West African, and European societies on the eve of contact? What were the consequences of contact between the Old and New Worlds? Comparing French, Dutch, English and Spanish colonies, which ones attracted the most settlers, and which the fewest? In what colonies were women scarce? What impact did these differences in emigration have on the various colonies’ development? Different labor systems predominated in various regions of British America. How did the economy of each region help determine its labor system?
Why did the colonists consider British taxation as a serious threat to their freedom and to their pocketbooks? How did the Americans oppose the new measures? Who participated in the various forms of resistance? How effective were the different kinds of resistance? What effect did the resistance to British measures have on American’s internal politics and sense of identity as Americans?Who were the loyalists? What attempts did the British and Americans make in 1775 to avert war? Why did these steps fail? Why did Congress declare independence in July of 1776? How did Americans justify their claim to independence?