Choose 3 of the questions located on page 2, and write one essay for each (3 essays total) that answers the question using the knowledge you’ve attained thus far. Make sure to answer every part of the question. Indicate which question you are answering by including the number or EC (for extra credit) next to the first line in your answer.
Only quote from a primary (not secondary) source and do not use extensive quotations.
Essays should be approximately 500 words each, not to exceed ~800 words each.
Your essay should include:
· Thesis statement (1-2 sentences of introductory paragraph)
· Introductory, body, and conclusion paragraphs
· Examples, evidence, and details to support your thesis statement
If quoting primary sources, use a parenthetical citation that includes the author (if known) and source title. For example:
· The revolutionary potential of the 13th amendment is undeniable, yet the clause that follows the legal abolition of slavery, that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States,” instituted a new form of slavery in America. (US Congress, Amendment 13 of US Constitution)
· Your thesis statement is your 1-2 sentence answer to the question, and should be located at the end of the introductory paragraph. The remainder of the essay should be an explanation and expansion of the thesis statement using examples, evidence, and details.
· If certain topics were discussed at length during lectures and in-class work, make sure to bring in specific evidence and details relating to it. For instance, if you were asked what Texans’ reasons were for revolution, you would of course want to discuss the Texas Declaration of Independence.
· While it is not required to use primary sources, it is an easy way of bringing in specific details and evidence!
Essay Question Options (choose 3):
#1 In what ways was “New South” Texas not new? In other words, what were the continuities from Old South to New South in post-Reconstruction Texas?
#2 What defined the Progressive Era, and how did Progressive ideals and reforms shape Texas’s politics, economy, and society in this era?
#3 What was the New Deal, and how did its programs shape life for Texans during the Great Depression?
#4 How did WWII impact Texas and its citizens?
#5 How were the various movements for equality successful in the second half of the 20th century, and in what ways and by whom were they stymied?
#6 How has the Texan belief in “self-reliance” & “independence,” which we can trace back centuries in Texas history, continued to shape the lives of Texans in the twenty-first century?