Exam Essay

Students must submit one of these essay topics in paragraph form through the Assignments Tab if Canvas by the deadline specified in the Syllabus and in Assignments.  It is worth fifty points. The essay should be approximately 1 1/2 to 3 pages in length (approximately 300-750 words). Be sure to cite properly, as per the MLA Format every time that any information is directly copied (and quotation marks are needed), paraphrased (writing someone else’s ideas in your own words) or for any facts that are not common knowledge (like “the sky is blue”).  Be sure to provide a works cited section with a bibliographic citation of each source used; be sure to include the Date Accessed is the date that YOU previewed a particular website or watched a Youtube video because website/video content can change.  As per the syllabus, students must use a minimum of two sources that are to be cited in the body of the essay as well as the works cited section be counted for a grade.  Please consult the syllabus for more information.

Please note that the textbook is an acceptable source for both of the identification terms:

David Shi, America: A Narrative History, Volume 1, Eleventh Edition. New York:  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2019.

Essay 1 (From Chapter 6)

Compare and contrast the Federalist and Republican (also called the Democratic-Republican) parties in the 1790’s.  Which party do you believe best represented the interests of the United States of America…Why?

Be sure to write an introductory paragraph, giving your thesis on this topic, as well as discussing the leaders and constituencies (what types of people supported each party based on their professions and region of the country).  Write several sentences to a paragraph about each major issue and its significance that divided the two parties. Finally, write a concluding paragraph explaining why you favor one party over the other.  Please note that your grade will not be based on which party you favor, but the reasons for that decision and your understanding of the important issues in the 1790’s.

History.com Editors, “Federalist Party.”  History A&E Television Networks September 13, 2019.  https://www.history.com/topics/early-us/federalist-party  Date Accessed:

No Author Listed, “Democratic-Republican Party.”  Ohio History Central, No Date Listed.  https://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Democratic-Republican_Party  Date Accessed:

No Author Listed, “The Federalist and the Republican Party.”  American Experience PBS No Date Listed.


CrashCourse, “Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9.”   YouTube April 4, 2013.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r161cLYzuDI  Date Accessed:

Norris, Adam, “APUSH Review: Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.”  YouTube October 15, 2013.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNQoEwsU6x0 Date Accessed:

Essay 2 (From Chapter 7)

Discuss the causes and consequences of the War of 1812.  Do you believe that there was any one primary cause for this war or were there merely several equally important causes?  Based on the terms of the Treaty of Ghent and other issues in 1815, do you believe that the USA won or lost this war?  Explain your answer using both facts (names of individuals and events) and logic.

Write an introductory paragraph where you mention these topics and give your thesis statements about the war’s causes and consequences.

Write one or more paragraphs discussing the major issues that caused this war and give your opinion if any one issue was more important than the others.  Write another paragraph about the situation at the end of the war and if you believe that this war was for beneficial to the USA.  Finally, provide a concluding paragraph where you summarize and synthesize your views.

History.com Editors, “War of 1812.”  History A&E Television Networks April 23, 2020.  https://www.history.com/topics/war-of-1812/war-of-1812

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History.com Editors, “Treaty of Ghent.”  History A&E Television Networks August 21, 2018.

https://www.history.com/topics/war-of-1812/treaty-of-ghent Date Accessed:

Niagra Falls Museums, “Causes of the War of 1812.”  City of Niagra Falls 2020.

https://niagarafallsmuseums.ca/discover-our-history/history-notes/1812causes.aspx Date Accessed:

No Author Listed, “Outcomes of the War of 1812.”  American Battlefield Trust No Date Listed.

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/outcomes-war-1812 Date Accessed:

Alexander, Stephen, “War of 1812 Causes and Effects.”  YouTube February 23, 2015.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ijC8HOW-eQ

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CrashCourse, “The War of 1812-Crash Course US History #11.”  YouTube April 18, 2013.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMXqg2PKJZU

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