The America Society

To what extent and in what ways did the roles of women change in American society between 1790 and 1860?

To what degree were the reform movements of the 1840s liberal or conservative?

Compare and contrast the experience of slaves on tobacco plantations in the early 17th century Chesapeake region with that of slaves on 19th century cotton plantations in the Deep South.

What forces transformed the institution of slavery from the early 17th century to the 19th century?

Evaluate the extent to which the Mexican American War marked a turning point in the debate over slavery in the United States.

Analyze what changed and what stayed the same from the period before the war to the period after it.

To what extent was the breakup of the Union in 1861 a result of the conflict over slavery and to what extent was it due to other factors?

In what ways and to what extent was industrial development from 1800 to 1860 a factor in the relationship between the northern and the southern states?

In what ways did African Americans shape the course and consequences of the Civil War?

How do you account for the failure of Reconstruction to bring social and economic equality of opportunity to the former slaves?

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