Students will write a 5-7 page paper addressing a topic in early American history. The following are acceptable topics: a. Why and how did the British take control of the Atlantic seaboard in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? b. Why do Amerindian tribes no longer control the eastern portion of the United States? c. Why did the Articles of Confederation fail and the Constitution succeed? d. How did ethnicity and religion affect settlements in early America? e. How did the shift from Jeffersonian to Jacksonian democracy occur? f. How did the African diaspora affect life in the nineteenth-century American South? g. Why was the Civil War fought? h. Why did Federal forces prevail in the Civil War?
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