Your essays should have a main thesis (or central argument) that is clearly stated in the introductory paragraph. They should include concrete examples (brief discussions of people, events, organizations, etc.) from the lectures, student presentations, and books that support the essays’ major points. In general, chronological organization (in order of when events take place) is preferred for history essays.  Finally, essays should address potential counterarguments and conclude with a summation of your main thesis. Two of the following essay questions will appear on the midterm. 7 paragraphs.

1. You are 68–year–old black farmer in South Carolina and the year is 1923. You have to decide whether to stay in the South or join the Great Migration to the North. How has your life changed since you were born in 1855? How did Reconstruction and the Constitutional Amendments passed during that time affect you politically? How do you feel about the ideas of race leaders like Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois? Your grown children and their children are moving to New York. Do you join them? Why or why not?