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HIS 122: The U.S. Since 1865, Dr. Matthew Clarcq: Your Assignment

Your Assignment

US History II        American Experiences

Purpose: To probe how people in diverse, ethnic, social, political and economic circumstances have viewed America in different time periods.

Assignment:  Choose one of the following types of Americans. Write a 4 1/2 to 5 page paper beginning with a thesis which determines the impact that type of person had on the nation. In addition to providing evidence to prove your thesis, create context by answering the following questions. Who were they and what was their background? What was their experience in America? What happened to them after the time frame mentioned in the assignment?

 This is not meant to be a biography, but rather a general examination of these types of people.

1. A Buffalo Soldier in the American West in the 1870s.

2. A member of the Sioux tribe in the 1890s

3. Chinese Immigrant in California in the 1880s

4. A supporter of Woman's Suffrage in the 1910s

5. A Union leader of Industrial Workers of the World in the 1910s.

6. A witness to the Influenza outbreak in 1918

7. An African-American during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s

8. A Dust Bowl migrant in California in the 1930s.

9. A Japanese-American during World War II

10.An African-American in the Jim Crow South in the 1940s

11. A Civil Rights protester in the Southern States in the 1960s

Research Tips

First, get background information on your topic through reference sources. Then look for books and articles for further details. 

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