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Academic papers on U.S. History (19th Century)

Harriett Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
In 5 pages, the author discusses Harriett Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly. 'When considering the institution of slavery in America, one must look to one specific text in order to understand what happened during that...
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The Years Following the Structural Period
This five page paper discusses the feminist movement following the structural theory. Bibliography lists one source.
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Western Expansion and the Trail of Tears
6 pages in length. This paper examines the sad travesty of the Cherokee Trail of Tears march due to western expansion from 1815-1840. The historical treatment of the Cherokee is reviewed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Kingdom of Matthias
A 3 page analysis of Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz's book 'The Kingdom of Matthias,' which relates the story of a bizarre religious cult leader of the nineteenth century. The book shows how this story relates to the era as a whole and also to the...
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Anti-Chinese Discrimination in the mid-19th Century
An 8 page research paper that examines primary source documents from the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s that demonstrate the discrimination that was directed towards Chinese immigrants. Secondary source material is also included. Bibliography lists 18...
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Three Primary Characteristics of Nat Turner in William Styron
This 5 page report discusses the actual character of Nat Turner in
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Stephen E. Ambrose/ "Undaunted Courage"
A 5 page summation and analysis of Stephen Ambrose's chronicle of the Lewis and Clark expedition as told from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis. No additional sources cited.
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Why They Fought/Am. Civil War
A 5 page summation and comparison between Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and What They Fought For, 1861-1865 by James McPherson, as to which book best describes why men fought in the American Civil War. The writer argues that McPherson's book is...
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Resisting Slavery
A 4 page research paper that examines the resiliency of the African American spirit during the antebellum period, during and after the Civil War. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Jackson, Cherokees and the West
A 4 page research paper that discusses the morality of the forced of the Cherokee, the "Trail of Tears." The argues that there is no defense for this action and that it constitutes and American Holocaust. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Michael Shaara's Account of Gettysburg
A 7 page essay that examines Michael Shaara's fictionalized account of the Battle of Gettysburg as presented in his novel, The Killer Angels. In this book, Shaara takes the reader into the possible mindset of three of the principal players in that...
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Jacob Riis/Social Reform & Photography
A 10 page research paper that investigates tenement life in New York City slums at the end of the nineteenth century, focusing on the photography of Jacob Riis, which exposed the deplorable conditions of that time. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Second Party System
A 5-page paper on the second two-party political system in America, the Democrats versus the Whigs. Notes important differences from the first system, the Democratic-Republicans versus the Federalists, and how the modern two-party political system...
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US "Dirty Laundry" 1865-1900
(5 pp) "Dirty laundry" is a collection of those less than reputable things, which mother always told us not to air in public. Government "dirty laundry" is often much more difficult to hide, and usually seems to "smell" much more when it...
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The Era of Reconstruction 1865-1877
(5 pp) "What was real and fundamental was the idealism and the nobility of the two contending forces: the Yankees struggling to save the Union, dying to make men free; the Confederates fighting for great Constitutional principles,...
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