Research Papers on U.S. History (1700s)

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  • US History and the West's Role

    This 3 page report briefly discusses the importance of the role played by the West in the development and consciousness of the United States. Bibliography lists only one source.

  • 18th Century Virginia and Slavery

    This 7 page paper takes a look at the slave trade in Virginia during the 1700s. Attention is paid to the geography of Virginia and its ambivalence due to its proximity between North and South. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Comparative Analysis of the Films The American Revolution (Part I: ‘The Conflict Ignites’), Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, and John Adams (Part I: ‘Join or Die’)

    In ten pages this paper summarizes each film, compares and contrasts them, addresses any biases in the treatment of subject matter, analyzes the producers’ techniques, and offers the writer’s personal opinion on the accuracy of each film. One source is listed in the bibliography.

  • Analysis of Four Historical Films Ben Franklin: Inventor, Diplomat, Icon... and a Human Being, Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor, The Madness of King George, and The Conquerors: General Howe, Conqueror of New York

    In twelve pages this paper compares, contrasts, and critiques these four films on important British and American eighteenth century colonial figures. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Erie Canal's History

    A 6 page paper discussing this major inland waterway and its influence in American history. The paper covers why it was built, the many roadblocks to its completion, its importance economically, socially, and politically, and how it is used today. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • American Historical Contributions of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin

    A 7 page discussion of the historical contributions of these three men. While it is easy to look at history as dry fact, when we consider these facts on an individual basis, history comes to life. A review of the contributions and personal characteristics of each of these men allows us to make a connection between America’s past and the present. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Colonial History of America Until 1877 and Women

    A 6 page paper which specifically examines how the calls for equality, liberty and freedom conflicted with the reality of women’s lives, considers if they made greater gains in either political or social life, and concludes with an assessment of how women’s roles evolved over this period in American history. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Westward Settlement and Environmental Effects

    This 4-page paper examines westward settlement during the 19th century and its impact on the environment. Issues covered include technologies that spurred settlement, ecological impacts resulting from westward moement, and the reaction of settlers to the changes in the land. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • New England in the Seventeenth Century and Environmental History

    A 6 page research paper that examines chapter 3 from a text concerning American environmental history. In the text Major Problems in American Environmental History, editor Carolyn Merchant assembles an eclectic yet revealing collection of documents and essays that offer a form of "snap shot" of a specific period in American history in relation to environmental issues. Chapter 3 of this text focuses on the New England forest in the seventeenth century. Examination of this chapter demonstrates the basic conflict not only between how the Native Americans perceived the natural world, but also between how different groups of Europeans perceived it. These documents indicate that how the natural world is perceived and conceptualized within the boundaries of the human imagination is crucial to human interaction with the natural world. Bibliography lists 12 sources taken from this 1 text.

  • American Literature and the Impact of Benjamin Franklin

    A 5 page paper which examines the impact Benjamin Franklin had on American literature, specifically considering his autobiography. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Historical Reviews of Literature Featuring Native Americans, Black Women, and the Poor

    This 9 page paper discusses the various viewpoints of those who throughout history have had little voice: Native Americans, black women, and the poor. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Reshaping Everyday Life/Jack Larkin

    A 5 page paper offers a brief overview of Jack Larkin's history text The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840 and then offers a 4 page detailed discussion of chapter 6, which is on music during this period. No additional sources cited.

  • 18th and 19th Century Underground Railroad Network

    A seven page paper which looks at the network known as the Underground Railroad, which was instrumental in assisting plantation slaves to escape the North and Canada in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and at some of the prominent figures who contributed to the development and maintenance of the Railroad. Bibliography lists 6 sources

  • American Colonies' Divergence from England

    An 8 page research paper that examines the similarities and differences between England and her American colonies in 1750. The writer argues that by 1750, the English speaking colonies of North America, instigated and maintained under the auspices of the British crown, had diverged from many of the English norms of that era. Naturally, the numerous ties to England and English custom, such as the grounding of American jurisprudence in English Common Law, continued to exist and exists to this day. However, there were also distinct differences between the norms of the Old World and the New. Bibliography lists 11 sources (some citations are incomplete).

  • Second U.S. President John Adams

    This 10 page paper consists of two parts. The first is the nomination of John Adams for the Leader of the Century Award. This section discusses some of Adams' remarkable history and the leadership qualities for which he is being nominated. The last part of this section ranks ten attributes of leadership as they pertain to Adams with examples demonstrating each characteristic. The second section of this paper is an essay about Adams that includes further examples of his leadership, some of his attributes that were no included in the nomination document and why, and what the writer might have done differently with the XYZ event. Both sections identify Adams' leadership styles and how these were demonstrated. Adams has been called the unsung hero and the forgotten hero in the founding of this nation. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Themes of the Letters Abigail Adams Wrote to Her Husband John

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the central themes of Abigail Adam's letters to John Adams as presented in Giles Gunn's Early American Writing. This paper provides an assessment of some of the central topics of the letters, including the theme of freedom and the belief that men fighting for freedom for all may be selective in the application of that freedom. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Freedom of Religion, A First Amendment Right

    A 4 page essay/research paper that discusses the right to Freedom of Religion, which is guaranteed under the First Amendment. This examination focuses on the issues that continue to define the division between church and state that this amendment imposes on the American government. Many people today would tear down the wall dividing church and state, but this is as inadvisable today as it was when Thomas Jefferson was president, as Americans today live within the context of an increasingly diverse society. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    A 7 page essay that discusses the central role that Franklin’s list of virtues plays in his autobiography. While Franklin’s account demonstrates that he largely succeeded in his goal to live by these virtues, his references to others, specifically Samuel Keimer, John Collins, and Hugh Meredith, provide contrast to Franklin’s own behavior, as they provide an antithesis for the virtues in Franklin’s list. Examination of Franklin’s autobiography indicates how he uses this contrast to paint a strong portrait of himself as his text’s protagonist. No additional sources cited.

  • Analysis of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    A 5 page essay that analyzes the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin in regards to the how Franklin embodied the American Dream. The writer also examines how Franklin can be seen as a model for the ideal eighteenth century man and, also, how his memoirs contributed to the concept of an American character. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Federalism and the Writings of William Manning

    A paper which looks at the way in which William Manning's writings related to the federalist and anti-federalist debate in post-revolutionary America.

  • California's Settlement

    This 5 page paper discusses the settlement of California from Native American peoples through to the influx of anglo-Americans. Issues of federalism discussed from the books: Power and Politics in California, and California; An Interpretive History. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Wiencek/On George Washington

    A 9 page book review that reports on Henry Wiencek's An Imperfect God, which is a biography of George Washington that offers a different view of this Founding Father, as Wiencek concentrates on Washington's role as a slaveholder. Drawing heavily on critical analysis of this text authored by historian Peter Henriques, the writer presents an argument that rejects Wiencek's overarching thesis, which is that Washington underwent an epiphany which caused him to reject slavery and free his slaves, is not supported by the evidence offered. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • George Washington's Experiences in the American Revolution

    This 5 page paper examines the American Revolution with special attention to the role of George Washington. Washington's experience is confined primarily to his military experience. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Farewell Address of George Washington

    A 3 page overview of the concerns George Washington had for the ongoing welfare of the U.S., concerns detailed in his 1796 "Farewell Address". The threats of the political party and European allegiances were a particular worry for Washington. No additional sources are listed.

  • Salem Witch Trials and The Crucible by Arthur Miller

    A 5 page paper which examines “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and the Salem Witch Trials. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Samuel Adams and the Events Associated with the Boston Tea Party

    A basic, 9 page discussion of the Tea Party, its participants, and primarily-- its impact. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Boston Tea Party

    A 7 page paper answering 5 questions about this event in American history. The covert destruction of 45 tons – 90,000 pounds – of British tea in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773 did not directly lead to the American Revolution, but it certainly became a contributing factor in perspective if not in economic consequence. In many respects it bears similarity to some of the sentiments rising up in America again today. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • The U.S. Constitution and Articles of Confederation Compared

    In 2 pages the author discusses the differences between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, and answers whether she would have supported ratification of the new Constitution as it was submitted to the states. Bibliography lists one source.

  • Lillian Fowler et al's Samuel Adams Radical Puritan

    A 5 page paper discussing the book 'Samuel Adams - Radical Puritan' by Lillian Fowler, William Fowler, William Fowler, Jr., and Oscar Handlin. The book covers the life and times, as well as the adventures of Samuel Adams, the American revolutionary and political leader. No additional sources cited.

  • Erie Canal's History

    A 6 page paper discussing this major inland waterway and its influence in American history. The paper covers why it was built, the many roadblocks to its completion, its importance economically, socially, and politically, and how it is used today. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • U.S. Constitution's Development

    This 6 page paper looks at the United States Constitution and compares it with the English 'Constitution.' Both forms of government are discussed as well as the balance of power in each nation. Bibliography lists 7 sources

  • Review of Alan Taylor's William Cooper's Town

    This 5 page paper looks at this work which tells the story of how Cooperstown, New York came into existence. The book reviewed was written by author Alan Taylor. No other sources cited.

  • Drafting of the U.S. Constitution and the Position of the Anti Federalists

    This 3 page paper talks about the anti-Federalist position at the time the U.S. Constitution was being drafted. The other point of view is duly noted in the discussion. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Machine Gun Technology and Warfare

    ( 6 pp) Ground warfare, army against army, soldier against soldier, and strength against strength. This was true about war up until 1914 when World War I came about. Up until this point, battles were won by the army with the most men, most will and most heart. That was all changed by the invention of the machine gun Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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