HIS 105 Dealing with Diversity in America American History
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Assignment 1: Dealing with Diversity in America from Reconstruction through the 1920s
Due Week 3 and worth 120 points
After the Civil War, the United States had to recover from war,
handle western expansion, and grapple with very new economic forms.
However, its greatest issues would revolve around the legacies of
slavery and increasing diversity in the decades after the Civil War. In
the South, former slaves now had freedom and new opportunities but,
despite the Reconstruction period, faced old prejudices and rapidly
forming new barriers. Immigrants from Europe and Asia came in large
numbers but then faced political and social restrictions. Women
continued to seek rights. Yet, on the whole, America became increasingly
diverse by the 1920s. Consider developments, policies, and laws in that
period from 1865 to the 1920s. Examine the statement below and drawing
from provided sources, present a paper with specific examples and
arguments to demonstrate the validity of your position.
Statement—in which you can take a pro or con position:
- Political policies and movements in the period from 1865 to the
1920s generally promoted diversity and “the melting pot” despite the
strong prejudices of a few. (or you can take the position that they did
not). Use specific examples of policies or movements from different
decades to support your position.
After giving general consideration to your readings so far and any general research, select one of the positions above as your position—your
thesis. (Sometimes after doing more thorough research, you might choose
the reverse position. This happens with critical thinking and inquiry.
Your final paper might end up taking a different position than you
originally envisioned.) Organize your paper as follows, handling these
- The position you choose —or something close to it—will be the thesis statement in your opening paragraph.
- To support your position, use three (3) specific examples from
different decades between 1865 and 1930. You may narrowly focus on race
or gender or immigrant status, or you may use examples relevant to all
- Explain why the opposing view is weak in comparison to yours.
- Consider your life today: In what way does the history you have
shown shape or impact issues in your workplace or desired profession?
Length: The paper should be 500-to-750 words in length.
Research and References: You must use a MINIMUM of three sources;
the Schultz textbook must be one of them. Your other two sources should
be drawn from the list provided below. This is guided research, not
Source list for Assignment 1: Some sources are
“primary” sources from the time period being studied. Some sources
below can be accessed via direct link or through the primary sources
links on Blackboard. Each week has a different list of primary
sources. For others, they are accessible through the permalink to the source in our online library: Sources below having libdatab.strayer.edu as part of the URL have a permalink to that source in our university’s online library.
SWS Form for the textbook: Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Choose sources relevant to the topic and position you are taking:
& V. Lamont. 1997. Crossing borders: Interdisciplinary, Immigration
and the Melting Pot in the American Cultural Imaginary. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=392542&site=eds-live&scope=site
Black Testimony on the Aftermath of Enslavement. 1866. Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/black_testimony.htm
Chinese Exclusion Act. 1882. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/chinese_exclusion_act.htm
Civil War Journeys. n.d. The Lost Cause. http://civil-war-journeys.org/the_lost_cause.htm
J. C. Bancroft Davis. 1896. Plessy vs. Ferguson. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/plessy_ferguson_1896.htm
Fitzgerald, M. W. January, 2018. Terrorism and Racial Coexistence in Alabama’s Reconstruction. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=127269628&site=eds-live&scope=site
G. M. Foster. Feb. 24, 2002. The Lost Cause. http://www.civilwarhome.com/lostcause.html
S. S. Harjo. 1996. Now and Then: Native Peoples in the United States. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eue&AN=507507152&site=eds-live&scope=site
J. Meacham. 2017. Our Historical Ambivalence about Immigrants is a Great American Paradox. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=121093561&site=eds-live&scope=site
Mississippi Black Code. n.d. http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/recon/code.html
W. G. Moody. 1883. Bonanza Farming and Its Impact. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/bonanza_farming_impact.htm
Katy Morris. March, 2017. “More reputation than she deserves”. Remembering Suffrage in Wyoming. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=120948598&site=eds-live&scope=site
E. F. Parsons. Feb., 2011. Klan Skepticism and Denial in Reconstruction-Era Public Discourse. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=57671212&site=eds-live&scope=site
Populist Party Platform. 1896. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/populist_partyplatform_1896.htm
Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Upton Sinclair. 1906. Attack on the Meatpackers. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/attack_meatpackers.htm
J. D. Zahniser. Dec., 2015. “How long must we wait?” Alice Paul Wanted Action on Votes for Women. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=109513499&site=eds-live&scope=site
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- This course requires use of new Strayer Writing Standards (SWS).
The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please
take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
- Be typed, double spaced between lines, using Times New Roman font
(size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references
must follow SWS format. Check with your professor for any additional
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the
student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.
The cover page and the Sources page are not included in the required
assignment page length.