HIS204Week 1 Discussion1

Race, Ethnicity, andGenderinthe 19th Century

Background: ManyAmericansliketoimaginethehistoryoftheirnationasoneofcontinualprogress. Whileacknowledgingthatnotallpersonsandgroupsenjoyedequalrightsatalltimes, AmericansoftentakeitforgrantedthatAmericanhistorymovesinonlyonedirection: towardgreaterrights, greaterfreedom, andgreaterequality. However, fromroughly 1867 to 1875, AfricanAmericansenjoyedfarmorepoliticalinfluenceandequalrightsthantheyeverhadbefore, oreverwouldagain, untiltheendofthemodernCivilRightsMovementalmost a centurylater. Inadditiontothedisturbanceinthesocialhierarchycreatedbytheendofslavery, thenationexperiencedtheinfluxofhugenumbersofimmigrantsduringthelasthalfofthe 1800s, manyofwhomwereviewedbytheAmericanpopulationasdifferentandinferiortoearlierwavesofimmigrants. Addingtoconcernsaboutsocialorderwasthepushforwomen’ssuffragethataroseafterCivilWar. Thesefactorscametogethertocreate a threattoWhitemalesupremacyandcombinedtocreate a periodcharacterizedbyconflictoverrace, ethnicity, andgender.

Reviewthefollowingsourcesaboutthedifferencesbetweenprimaryandsecondarysources:

Requiredsources:

Recommendedsources:

  • EntertainingCitizenship: MasculinityandMinstrelsyinPost-EmancipationSanFrancisco
  • Identity, Marriage, andSchools: LifealongtheColorLine/s intheEraofPlessy v. Ferguson
  • Whiteness, Freedom, andTechnology: TheRacialStruggleOverPhiladelphia’sStreetcars, 1859-1867

Instructions: Explorethe AlienMenace exhibitthoroughly, viewingallofthelinks. Youarenotrequiredtoanswerthequestionsonthewebsite, butconsiderthem. Watch WhatisFreedom?—Freedom: A Historyof US fromtheFilmsonDemanddatabase. BasedonChapter 1 inyourtextbook, therequiredexhibit, andthefilm, explain

  • Whythelasthalfofthe 1800s was a timeofconflictoverthemeaningsofcitizenship, race, andgender.
  • HowAfricanAmericans, WhiteAmericans, andimmigrantsworkedtosecuretheirplacesinthesocialandpoliticalhierarchy.

Yourinitialpostshouldbeatleast 250 wordsinlength. Providespecificexamplestosupportyourpoints. Yourreferencesandcitationsmustbeformattedaccordingto APA styleasoutlinedbytheAshfordWritingCenter. Respondtoatleasttwoofyourclassmates’ postsbyDay 7.

 

 

HIS204Week 1 Discussion2

TheIndustrialRevolution

Background: Inthelastquarterofthe 19th Century, theIndustrialRevolutionwasinfullswing; however, withthebusinessboomcame a numberofconcerns, includingcorporateinfluenceinpoliticsandwavesofimmigration, aswellas a middleclassinapparentdecline. ThesedevelopmentsseemedtothreatentoalterthecharacterofAmericansocietyasnewtechnologiesintroducednewsocialproblems, aswellasofferingnewopportunities. Theriseofcaptainsofindustry (orrobberbarons), withtheirswayofpoliticians, created a widespreadfeelingamongcommonAmericansthattheyhadhadlostcontroloftheirgovernment.

RequiredSource:

Instructions: Basedonyourtextbookandtheassignedvideo, analyzehowtherevolutionarynatureofthisperiodimpactedeitherNativeAmericans, immigrants, orfarmers, usingthefollowingquestionsasthebasisofyouranalysis:

  • Whatwerethemostrevolutionarysocialandeconomicdevelopmentsofthelastquarterofthenineteenthcentury?
  • HowdidthegroupofAmericansyouchosetoexaminerespondtothosechanges, andhoweffectiveweretheirresponses?
  • Whatroledidgovernmentplayinthesedevelopments?

Yourinitialpostshouldbeatleast 250 wordsinlength. Supportyourclaimswithexamplesfromtherequiredmaterial(s) andproperlyciteanyreferences. Youmayuseadditionalscholarlysourcestosupportyourpointsifyouchoose. Yourreferencesandcitationsmustbeformattedaccordingto APA styleasoutlinedbytheAshfordWritingCenter.

 

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