Reconstruction and the Age of American Imperialism

COMPETENCIES

1002.1.3 : Reconstruction and the Age of American Imperialism

The graduate examines the major changes that defined the United States in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

INTRODUCTION

Over the course of the nineteenth century, the United States matured into a country with interests and influences extending beyond North America. Following the upheaval of the Civil War, Americans tried to reassemble their country and bring the states of the former Confederacy back into the Union. The decade of Reconstruction was characterized by contentious legislation and attempts to integrate African Americans into the political, economic, and social frameworks of the United States. The Second Industrial Revolution reached its height during the second half of the century as well. New innovations in manufacturing, transportation, and communication accelerated the growth of consumer culture and changed the standard of living in the United States. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the United States became an overseas empire, fighting wars with European powers over territorial influence and acquiring colonial possessions of its own.

 

In this assessment, you will examine the legal and social changes that took place during Reconstruction in the United States. You will also consider the ways that industrialization and imperialism contributed to the emergence of the United States as an international power during the late nineteenth century.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide. 

 

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course. 

 

A. Discuss three major changes in race relations (i.e., laws, amendments, labor arrangements, working conditions, migration patterns, socioeconomic changes) that resulted from Reconstruction (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs)

 

B. Describe two consequences of industrialization on American politics and/or society (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs)

 

C. Explain the rise of the Progressive movement (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following: 

1. Describe the role of religion and social morality in promoting Progressive reforms. 

2. Describe two reform movements that helped to define the Progressive Era. 

3. Discuss one impact of the Progressive movement on American politics (i.e., amendments, legislation, diplomatic decisions). 

 

D. Explain (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) the role of American imperialism in leading the United States into two of the following conflicts: 

• Hawaiian Annexation 

• War in the Philippines 

• Spanish-American War 

• World War I 

 

E. Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content. 

1. Include the following information when providing source references: 

• author 

•  date 

•  title 

•  location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

File Restrictions

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RUBRIC

ARTICULATION OF RESPONSE (CLARITY, ORGANIZATION, MECHANICS):

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate provides unsatisfactory articulation of response.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides weak articulation of response.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides adequate articulation of response.

A:CHANGES IN RACE RELATIONS

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical discussion of 3 major changes in race relations that resulted from Reconstruction.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical discussion, with insufficient support, of 3 major changes in race relations that resulted from Reconstruction.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion, with sufficient support, of 3 major changes, in race relations that resulted from Reconstruction.

B:CONSEQUENCES OF INDUSTRIALIZATION

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide an appropriate description of 2 consequences of industrialization on American politics and/or society.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an appropriate description, with insufficient detail, of 2 consequences of industrialization on American politics and/or society.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides an appropriate description, with sufficient detail, of 2 consequences of industrialization on American politics and/or society.

C1:PROMOTING PROGRESSIVE REFORMS

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide an accurate description of the role of religion and social morality in promoting Progressive reforms.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an accurate description, with insufficient detail, of the role of religion and social morality in promoting Progressive reforms.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides an accurate description, with sufficient detail, of the role of religion and social morality in promoting Progressive reforms.

C2:REFORM MOVEMENTS OF THE PROGRESSIVE ERA

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide an accurate description of 2 reform movements that helped to define the Progressive Era.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an accurate description, with insufficient detail, of 2 reform movements that helped to define the Progressive Era.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides an accurate description, with sufficient detail, of 2 reform movements that helped to define the Progressive Era.

C3:IMPACT OF THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical discussion of 1 impact of the Progressive movement on American politics.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical discussion, with insufficient detail, of 1 impact of the Progressive movement on American politics.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion, with sufficient detail, of 1 impact of the Progressive movement on American politics.

D:ROLE OF AMERICAN IMPERIALISM

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical explanation of the role of American imperialism in leading the United States into any of the given conflicts.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with insufficient detail, of the role of American imperialism in leading the United States into 2 of the given conflicts.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with sufficient detail, of the role of American imperialism in leading the United States into 2 of the given conflicts.

E:SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOT EVIDENT

There is evidence of quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content without acknowledgement of source information in in-text citations and references.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides insufficient acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, and summarized content.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides sufficient acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for all quoted, paraphrased, and summarized content.

E1:SOURCE INFORMATION

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not include the given points when providing source references.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate includes the given points, with incomplete or inaccurate information, when providing source references.

COMPETENT

The candidate includes the given points, with accurate and complete information, when providing source references.

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