The context that had created and supported the Jeffersonian world view

The Essay Prompt

PROMPT: The context that
had created and supported the Jeffersonian world view (that of the
yeoman farmer as the bedrock of American democracy and the American
economy) disappeared by the mid-nineteenth century, prompted by a shift
toward an economy based on commerce, manufacturing, and larger scale
agricultural endeavors. What is your best explanation for why this
change took place? What impact did this change have upon the ethics and
civics of what it meant to be an American? Be sure to consider change
over time and geographical differences in your analysis.

Hint: Think
broadly here as you scattershoot/concept map your essay before writing.
What were the economic causes of this change (think about markets,
productivity, trade policies, etc.)? What role did technological change
play? Consider social causes (conflicts between groups, classes, races,
genders), political causes (new voters, political parties, institutional
leadership, etc.), government (state, federal, various branches), and
expansion of the nation. Think also about intellectual changes (new
ways of thinking, religion, and conceptions what it means to be an
American and questions of ethics and civics) and changes in environment.
You need not answer all of these questions in your essay, they are
here to guide your thinking on the prompt.

Hint
2: Make sure that you integrate your discussion of Change over Time and
Ethics/Civics throughout your analysis, not just in one paragraph. This
means that Change over Time and Ethics/Civics WILL NOT be key points in
your rule of three thesis statement.

  • Must be in Rule of Three format with a introduction and strong
    thesis statement, 3 paragraphs of the body (each with their own thesis
    statement – one for each of the three key points of your overall
    thesis), and conclusion. So a minimum of 5 paragraphs.
  • This is a fact based essay, you must provide specific and detailed evidence for your hypotheses.
  • You must utilize a minimum of three primary sources from the assigned materials as evidence in your essay
  • You must utilize a minimum of three secondary sources from the assigned materials as evidence in your essay
  • You may only use materials assigned in this course for your essay
    (we have vetted all the materials utilized in this course, other
    materials may not be appropriate or accurate)
  • DO NOT quote secondary sources
  • You may briefly quote a primary source (a phrase or a
    sentence) before immediately analyzing the relevance of the quote – a
    quote cannot stand alone as explanation or evidence
  • You must consider change over time in this essay
  • You must consider ethics/ethical decision making in this essay
  • You must consider change over time in this essay
  • Don’t forget about geography, where something takes place matters and it may be important to your argument.
  • You must use Turabian citation style in this essay; all citations
    must be footnote style citations (no parenthetical cites allowed, no
    endnotes/works cited at the end, you need footnotes). Be sure to review
    how to properly cite a primary source that may be contained in another
    work and be sure to use page numbers where possible.
  • 12 pt type, 1 inch margins, double-spaced Link to textbook https://cnx.org/contents/p7ovuIkl@3.84:gMXC1GEM@3/…