essay

Directions: Use lecture notes, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party, and primary sources distributed as handouts to help you formulate your responses. You may also draw from the Openstax online textbook. Vague or general answers cannot earn full credit, but neither can examples or facts that are not tied together by a main idea. You will be graded on the completeness, coherence, clarity, and originality of your answer. 

Your essay should be four to six paragraphs in length and include:

An introduction containing a main idea/topic sentence that answers the question and states your thesis.
Specific evidence or examples that illustrate your main point and persuade your reader that you are right.
Parenthetical references showing where you got your information, for example: 

(Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party, p. 47) 
(Class lecture, “Imperial Relations and Resistance to British Acts, Sept. 20, 2021) (John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity,” 1630, class handout, “Documents from Early Virginia and Massachusetts”)
(Openstax U.S. History textbook, section 3.3)

A concluding paragraph that wraps up your thoughts.

Questions to choose from: 

Compare Native American and European ideas about land, warfare, trade, and gender. Discuss how those differences shaped the relationship between the English colonists and the Native Americans they encountered in the 1600s. Use specific examples from lecture and from Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma to illustrate your points.
As Camilla Townsend demonstrates, Powhatan was a strong leader and intelligent man, but in the end his people lost the fight for control of Virginia. Why? Use specific examples to support your argument.
How did the English settlements in Massachusetts differ from those in Virginia during the 1600s and early 1700s? Discuss motives, personnel, culture, and economy.
Why did American protesters object so strongly to the Stamp Act of 1765, Townshend Duties of 1767, and Tea Act of 1773? What argument lay at the heart of their protest? That is, what was their main point? Use specific examples to illustrate your argument, and be sure to incorporate into your answer the experience of George Robert Twelves Hewes and relevant primary-source documents.
Compare three forms of government in North America: colonial government; government under the Articles of Confederation; and government under the US Constitution. What similarities existed between all three forms? What were the most important differences? What made those differences important, i.e., what was their significance?