War Against Slavery (1861-1865)
How free were the American people after the War Against Slavery (1861-1865) and the ensuing Era of Reconstruction (1868-1877) (100 points): A short original essay on the above topic. The essay is required to have 5 distinct elements, which are described below. Each element will be worth 20 points. Each essay should be about 1,000 words or 3½ double-spaced pages in 12 pt font with 1-inch margins on all sides of letter stock (8 ½ x 11) and must be submitted as a Word (doc or docx) attachment on Sakai.
The US Civil War has been described as “the Second American Revolution,” which finally abolished slavery and secured “the blessings of liberty” for all Americans. In your view, how accurate is this assessment? Did the Civil War and Reconstruction secure freedom for all Americans? Why or why not?
Write a short essay setting out your views on this question. Your essay needs to include the following elements, and answers to the following questions:
a) an opening paragraph that “hooks” the reader’s attention and draws them into the essay;
b) a definition of freedom: of what does it consist?
c) a list of the ways in which you think Americans were not free after the Civil War: which Americans, in which ways, including at least two contemporary events, trends or witnesses that support your views;
d) a list of the ways in which you think American society and Americans were free after the Civil War: again, say which Americans, in which ways, including at least two contemporary events, trends or witnesses that support your views; and,
e) a closing paragraph (or more, as necessary), consider(s) the merit of these two contrasting viewpoints and spells out their moral, or the most important lesson
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