U.S. History To 1865 Essay

Students will be required to write a  1500 word (it can be longer but not shorter), double-spaced research essay on any ONE of the topics listed in the section below.

IMPORTANT: You MUST save your essays as WORD (.doc file) or RICH TEXT FILE (.rtf file) documents! Otherwise, I probably won’t be able to open your essay! I can’t grade an essay that I can’t open!

  • A minimum of 1500 words in length (it can be longer, but NOT shorter).
  • Based on any ONE of the approved topics listed below.
  • Written ENTIRELY in your OWN words (no plagiarism, in other words). You may use a few brief quotes, but be careful to use quotation marks (” “) and to keep quotes relevant and to a minimum (no more than 1 or 2 brief quotes per page). Quoted material will NOT count towards the word limit!
  • Neat and clearly written. I do not require any particular “style” (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc…), but I do expect the essay to be neat and clear. Please be sure to proofread your essay before submitting!
  • You may use the internet, books, periodicals, etc in researching your essay topic. Be sure to use at least 3 sources and be sure to put everything into your own words when writing the essay! List all sources used at the end of your essay.
  • Please do not use images (pictures, maps, graphs, etc.) in your essay! They often make it more difficult to upload your file.
  • Written using standard #12 fonts, double spaced, 1-inch margins, etc..

Your essay should be based on any ONE of the below topics:

the Anasazi Indians
Christopher Columbus
the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke
the Jamestown Colony
John Winthrop
William Penn
Anne Hutchinson
the Great Awakening
the Salem Witch Trials
Bacon’s Rebellion
the Battle of Quebec
the Stamp Act
the Boston Massacre
the Sons of Liberty
the Boston Tea Party
Sam Adams
Patrick Henry
Paul Revere
Thomas Paine
the Declaration of Independence
the Battle of Lexington/Concord
the Battle of Bunker Hill
the Battle of Trenton
Ethan Allen and the “Green Mountain Boys”
the Battle of Princeton
the Battle of Germantown
John Paul Jones
Valley Forge
the Battle of Saratoga
the Battle of Cowpens
the Battle of Yorktown
the Treaty of Paris (1783)
Shay’s Rebellion
the Constitutional Convention
the Atlantic Passage (of slaves)
George Washington
Alexander Hamilton
John Adams
Abigail Adams
Thomas Jefferson
the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Zebulon Pike
Stephen Long
the Barbary Pirates War
James Madison
John Marshall
the War of 1812
Oliver Hazard Perry
Tecumseh
the USS Constitution
the Battle of New Orleans
Henry Clay
the Erie Canal
the Missouri Compromise
James Monroe
the Monroe Doctrine
John Quincy Adams
Daniel Webster
Andrew Jackson
the Nullification Crisis
John C. Calhoun
the Trail of Tears
Martin van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
Robert Fulton
the McCormick Reaper
the “Mill Towns” of New England
Samuel Colt
Irish Immigration (1830s-1850s)
the “Know Nothings”
the Second Great Awakening
Brigham Young
Transcendentalism
Emily Dickenson
Herman Melville
Edgar Allan Poe
Dorothea Dix
Frederick Douglass
the Battle of the Alamo
the Seneca Falls Convention
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
James Polk
the Mexican-American War
Winfield Scott
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Jim Bridger
John C. Fremont
the Cotton Gin
the Compromise of 1850
Samuel Morse
Sojourner Truth
“Bleeding Kansas”
Franklin Pierce
Harriet Tubman
James Buchanan
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abraham Lincoln
Harper’s Ferry Revolt
Fort Sumter
Jefferson Davis
the Battle of Bull Run (First or Second)
George McClellan
Robert E. Lee
William T. Sherman
Ulysses S. Grant
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
the Battle of Antietam
the Battle of Gettysburg
the Battle of Atlanta
the Battle of the Wilderness
the Siege of Petersburg
the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
the Reconstruction of the South

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