Write an essay explaining how westward expansion contributed to the Civil War.

For each chapter of OB, you should read the entire chapter and take notes (which you will likely use on the respective assignment, as well as in your Midterm/Final Exam studying and other course work).  Once you have finished reading the Chapter, you should look at the “Post-Reading Questions” at the end of the Chapter and CHOOSE ONE of the Post-Reading Questions answer. Alternatively, you can choose the “Journal Option” (Option 3 below). For each question set, you should write a 1-2 page typewritten response, being sure to use information directly from the documents themselves.  Each answer should also include at least one direct quotation from at least three of the sources referenced in the question (for a total of at least three quotes).  Each question set’s answer is worth a possible 2 points.  Late Assignments will NOT be accepted. 

The questions (you should CHOOSE ONE to answer) for Chapter 5 are:

  1. Pretend you are a journalist assigned to write a newspaper article on westward expansion. Write an article that either encourages or discourages Americans to move west. You should be sure to incorporate specific examples and quotes from the primary sources documents in this chapter.
  2. Write a 1-2 page essay explaining how westward expansion contributed to the Civil War. You should be sure to incorporate specific examples and quotes from the primary sources documents in this chapter.
  3. JOURNAL OPTION: Write 1-2 pages of notes on all of the documents you read in this chapter and, at the end, write down 5 questions (i.e. phrases you don’t understand, “aha!” moments you had, contemporary things that you are comparing the reading to).  Please see the Journal Notes/Questions Guide (under “Files” for more guidance).  Notes/Questions should be typewritten and single-spaced.