6-7 paragraphs each
A. U.S. Expansion: Analyze the Monroe Doctrine and American policymakers’ attempt to exert greater U.S. influence overseas. Discuss the following U.S. territorial acquisitions through diplomacy, annexation, and war: Oregon Country, Spanish Florida, and Texas. Analyze Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Policy and the emergence of Cotton Kingdom. What were the economic, political, and religious factors behind Manifest Destiny? What were the major causes of the U.S.-Mexican War? How did the war end? What were the consequences of U.S. expansionism?
B. Age of Reforms: Discuss some of the major reform movements in early 19th century America. What did moral and social reformers advocate? How did the impulse to reform society result in the rise of abolitionism and the women’s rights movement? How did these two movements become intertwine? Explain the influences of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Angelina and Sarah Grimké. Discuss the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. In what ways did these reforms transform U.S. society?