Posted on: Monday, September 3, 2012
History 107 Fall 2012 Homework Assignment ONE
On Brinkley, Chapters 1-4 and classroom lectures.
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Answer the following in a minimum of 750 words.
You will likely find, however that you will need more than 750 words. Try and cover as much as you can. Part One: Briefly describe the foundations of America before 1607. Part Two: Compare the foundations of English and Dutch settlement in the South, New England and the Mid-Atlantic from 1607 to 1689. Part Three: Tell me how the Southern, New England and Mid-Atlantic provinces developed different cultures within the British Empire between 1689 and 1763.
Because these questions are very broad I want to coach all of you on how to answer them and exactly what I am looking for: For Part One:
Start with the fact that our history begins before 1607. Show me how Native Americans developed before 1492 and how Spain laid the foundations in Florida and the Southwest. For Part Two:
What’s very important is to show me how Virginia and Carolina developed very differently from New England and New Netherland. Go back to the English roots in Wessex for the South and East Anglia for the Puritans. How did Virginia and Carolina become class-ridden conservative societies? How did the Puritans try to set up a religious utopia? How did Rhode Island create a more tolerant version? Tell me how New England reached its peak in the 1650’s and then decline? How did the English Civil War and its aftermath affect New England and Virginia? Why did English and Indians clash? Tell me about Bacon’s Rebellion, Philips War, the Dominion of New England and the dress rehearsal for revolution in 1689. For Part Three:
I want you to pick up the story of British America after 1689. Tell me about the two wars with France between 1689 and 1713 and how that drew the colonies closer to Britain. Two themes I want you to develop are the idea of the Revolution Before The Revolution and the North-South contrast. Show me how between 1713 and 1748 the colonies were transformed: royal governors, assemblies, no taxation w/o representation, growth of commerce, Scots-Irish and German immigration, growth of settlement. In New England show me how Puritans turned into Yankees: royal charter, Salem witch trials, Mather and science, Great Awakening, rise of commerce. Show me how the Chesapeake and Carolina became slave societies and how they differed. Show me how New York and Pennsylvania became liberal melting-pots. Tell me about Ben Franklin’s career. Finally, tell me about King George’s War, Franklin’s Plan of Union and the French and Indian War. ……………………………
THESE NOTES CONTAIN EVERYTHING IN THE PPT PRESENTATION IN CLASS BUT ARE EXPANDED. BUILD YOUR ESSAY AROUND THE NOTES USING YOUR OWN WORDS AND BRING IN FACTS AND QUOTES FROM BRINKLEY TO BACK THEM UP
His 107 Handout for Asst One: America to 1788
COLONIAL FOUNDATIONS TO 1675
Americans have a history before 1492!
Up until the 1970’s Native Americans were all but invisible in history textbooks. The traditional viewpoint saw America as a virgin wilderness in which a few Indians lived in passive harmony with nature since time immemorial. Then, our experience with the Vietnam War, civil rights and The American Indian Movement began to change our outlook. Francis Jennings, Gary Nash and others now began to write history books that included the American Indian point of view. A very different history now presents itself: America before 1492 was far from an unpopulated wilderness. American Indians were anything but ‘noble savages’ living in harmony with nature. They shaped their environment by burning off forests and creating grasslands, digging canals, setting up trading networks. When we think of...