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History 1101

Summer 2016
Final Exam, Pt.II: Book Essay
Instructions For this assignment, I want you to learn about some historical events we won't get
to cover in depth.
At the beginning of each chapter of Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, Vol.1, there are a series of
Focus Questions. Read the appropriate sections of the following chapters and answer all of the
following 6 focus questions:
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Ch. 7, Founding a Nation (1783-1789)
1. What were the achievements and problems of the Confederation government? (America
Under the Confederation)

2. What major disagreements and compromises molded the final content of the
Constitution? (A New Constitution; The Ratification Debate and the Origin of the Bill of Rights)
Ch.14, A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War (1861-1865)
3. How did a war to preserve the Union become a war to end slavery? (The Coming of
Emancipation)

4. How did the Civil War transform the national economy and create a stronger nation-state?
(The Second American Revolution)

Ch.15, What is Freedom?: Reconstruction (1865-1877)


5. What were the goals and competing visions for Reconstruction? (The Making of Radical
Reconstruction)

6. What were the social and political effects of Radical Reconstruction in the South? (Radical
Reconstruction in the South)

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More Instructions
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Your essay must be typed and double-spaced.


Use question-answer format (that's 6 short essays).
Use quotes and page citations for each chapter (essays that dont will be graded down).
Your essay must be a 6-page minimum (about 24 lines of essay per page).
There's no maximum length. A-range essays are usually substantially longer. Write lots!
e. Your answers must come from the Foner book. Dont use outside sources.