United States History

First Semester Final Extra Credit:

     •      Directions for students who have a 93% or higher overall grade

     •      You may write ONE of the following essays

     •      Your essay is worth 5% extra-credit points on your Final Exam (dependent upon the

          quality of your essay)

     •      Your essay must be 2-3 paragraphs, TYPED, SINGLE-SPACED

     •      Your essay must contain a THESIS statement, specific supporting evidence, and

          concluding sentence

     •      Your essay must contain at least one CITATION from an outside source (other than

          your notes, and not from Wiki)

     •      Your essay will be checked for plagiarism.  If there is ANY indication of plagiarism,

          then you will receive a ZERO on your entire final exam (totally not worth it)

     •      Your essay must be emailed to bcchsushistory@gmail.com


     •     Directions for students who have BELOW a 93% overall grade

     •      You may write 1-3 of the following essays

     •      Each essay is worth 25-50 extra-credit points that will make up for missing

          assignments (dependent upon the quality of your essay) -- in other words, one essay

          could make up for one or more missing assignments

     •      Your essay must be 2-3 paragraphs, TYPED, SINGLE-SPACED

     •      Your essay must contain a THESIS statement, specific supporting evidence, and

          concluding sentence

     •      Your essay must contain at least one CITATION from an outside source (other than

          your notes, and not from Wiki)

     •      Your essay will be checked for plagiarism.  If there is ANY indication of plagiarism,

          then you will receive a ZERO on your entire final exam (totally not worth it)

     •      Your essay must be emailed to bcchsushistory@gmail.com


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Essay Prompts:

     1.      What obstacles did President Lincoln and Congress face in January 1865 as they tried to both end the Civil War and end slavery?  What political, legal, and social issues made ending slavery problematic, and how did President Lincoln overcome these obstacles?


     2.      Historians have said that the Southern Cause for Independence was a lost cause from the start.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South in the Civil War, and argue whether this statement is valid based on these factors.


     3.      The Civil War combined old strategies with modern technology driven by a fully involved economy, and the combination proved a major turning point in the history of warfare.  Discuss the strategies, technologies, and effects of the Civil War as the first modern war in history.