Impact of slavery on American society

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Analyze the impact of slavery on American society (including British colonial society before independence) in the period from 1700-1840. Provide specific examples of how certain states and the national government attempted to enforce and regulate slavery. You should also address the ways in which slaves challenged the circumstances of slavery. You must incorporate arguments/analysis from at least one of the course textbooks (Heather Williams or Kelley and Lewis, especially chapters 3 and 4) into your own analysis.

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PAPER 2 PROMPT

PROMPT: Analyze the impact of slavery on American society (including British colonial society before independence) in the period from 1700-1840.  Provide specific examples of how certain states and the national government attempted to enforce and regulate slavery.  You should also address the ways in which slaves challenged the circumstances of slavery.  You must incorporate arguments/analysis from at least one of the course textbooks (Heather Williams or Kelley and Lewis, especially chapters 3 and 4) into your own analysis.

-Your paper should be 900-1300 words (approximately 4-5 double-spaced pages).  It should be double-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font.  Include a title and subtitle that suggests both the topic and your argument/thesis (or at least what makes your paper unique).  Your title should not be something like “Slavery Paper.”

-At the top right-hand corner (single-spaced) type your full name, the date, and the course number.  A separate title page is not necessary.

You must provide citations for any references to other scholars’ work.  Keep in mind that using arguments from another’s work without citing it is plagiarism.You will need to use Chicago style footnotes for this paper.  I have included an example of how to utilize footnotes at the bottom of this page.  Here is a link to a website on utilizing this style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.htmlYou can also cite evidence from the Slave Trade Database (www.slavevoyages.org), but that is not required.  Utilizing specific examples from course slides and videos will help your grade as well.

In addition to responding to the prompt, you should address at least three of the following in your essay:

 

-How do different historians conceptualize the slave experience or the impact of race in social relations?

-What were some specific examples of slave resistance or slave rebellion?

-What were some of the contradictions among the “Founding Fathers” in terms of their ideas about equality and slavery?

-How did slavery change over time?

-Address how slaves responded to the Revolutionary War

-How did Virginia’s General Convention respond to Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation?

-What role did the Constitution play in impacting the history of slavery in the United States?

-How did slaves challenge their masters directly or indirectly?

-Compare and contrast the different paths taken by northern and southern states in the decades after the American Revolution

-Provide statistical details about slavery in terms of regions or the influence of certain commodities

 

TO INSERT A FOOTNOTE IN MICROSOFT WORD: Click on the “References” tab and then click insert footnote.  At the bottom of the page, a number will appear, and then you type in the citation information.  For the first reference, you should give all the information.  After that you can write the author’s last name, the shortened title of the book, and page number.  So here is an example and see the bottom of the page for what the footnote should look like.

As Daniel Littlefield points out, “neither Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation nor the Declaration of Independence caused any immediate change in the colonials’ determination to keep slaves out of the war.”[1]

 

 

GRADING RUBRIC

_______THESIS/ARGUMENT:  The paper has a clear and insightful thesis, which is supported throughout.

 

_______ ANALYSIS: The paper analyzes the historical significance of the information provided in class readings and lectures.  You make insightful comments rooted in evidence.

 

_______ CITATION AND INTEGRATION OF EVIDENCE: The paper incorporates relevant events and issues from the required readings and class slides/videos into the broader theme(s) of the paper.  Quotes and/or paraphrased information are relevant to your argument and don’t appear to be just “plucked” out of the book.  References are properly cited using Chicago style footnotes

 

_______STYLE/ADHERENCE TO GUIDELINES: The paper is clearly-written with smooth transitions between paragraphs.  You address the prompt and cover some of the suggested topics.  The paper isgrammatically correct with no spelling errors.  Your title indicates the theme of your paper and makes the topic clear (which usually can be done by having a title and a subtitle).  Your paper meets the total word requirements.

 

________ FINAL GRADE

 

[1] Robin D.G. Kelley and Earl Lewis, eds., To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans to 1880, Vol. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 115.

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