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Compare the various motivations for establishing the colonies. How well did the colonies achieve their original purpose or have to adapt to unexpected situations in the New World? Give specific examples from a few of the different colonies.

  • For example, what motivated colonists to settle in Jamestown, Plymouth, Rhode Island or Philadelphia?
  • How did the colonies interact differently with the American Indians?
  • What impact did settlement patterns have on colonial growth and cohesion?
  • Do you see any connection between the settlement patterns and later when the colonies rebelled against Britain?

2. Module 2: Critical Thinking

Using Indentured Servants for Labor (paper)

Labor in colonial America was scarce. Write a paper explaining the development of using indentured servants for labor in the colonies. Below are some of the items you may include:

  • Indentured servants, beginning and decline of this labor type
  • Changes, problems, and issues with indentured servant labor
  • Unintended consequences of using indentured servants.

Justifying Colonialism

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Who, what, where, when was this text written?

What arguments does this author use to justify French colonial expansion?

What do you think this document tells us about European imperialism in the 19th century?

Gender roles in California

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Analyze how gender roles evolved in California during the time period covered by this assignment. In your answer, consider addressing the social, political, and economic impact of this interaction.

U.S. House of Representatives

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Imagine you are a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966, representing citizens in the Dallas area. At this time, Dallas is a growing city with fast-growing suburbs like Garland and Mesquite. This part of Texas, like the rest of the country, is in the middle of huge wave of change. You have been in Congress since 1955, and have a long record of votes on some historically significant pieces of legislation. You would like to run for the U.S. Senate from Texas in the 1966 election. (You may choose to be a Democrat or a Republican.) During the last decade, you voted on a number of significant issues in Congress, such as the Federal-Aid Highway Act (1956), the National Defense Education Act (1958), the National Aeronautics and Space Act (1958), the Civil Rights Act (1964), the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964), the Voting Rights Act (1965), and the Social Security Act Amendments (1965) that created Medicare and Medicaid. Write a letter to the editor of The Dallas Morning News, of at least 500 words, in which you explain what these various acts of Congress were, why they were important to Texans, and why you voted the way you did on them during the last decade. Next, tell the readers, who you hope will vote for you, why they should vote for you based on your votes on these issues. Finally, explain what issues you think will be important between 1967 and 1973 (the period covered by the six-year Senate term you seek), your various positions on these issues, and why you think Texans should support your positions on these upcoming issues. Please use specific historical examples from the 1950s, 60s and 70s (found in the textbook, videos and class discussions) to support your arguments to the voters.

Culture and Health

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  • How does culture influence health?
  • Give examples of dominant ethnic and biomedical cultural influences on the health of individuals or populations?

Supremacy and survival in North America.

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· Explain the evolving contest between the Native Americans, the French, and the British for supremacy and survival in North America.

· Describe life in 18th century American rural villages, on the frontier, in cities, and on plantations.

· Explain the relationship between social diversity and political division and instability in 18th century America.

· Explain the impact of the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening in America.

· Describe colonial views England and English views of the colonies in the middle of the 18th century.

The River Ran Red

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After watching The River Ran Red, answer the following in a 200 word essay posted in SafeAssign:

Why did the steel workers strike?

Why were the problems so difficult to resolve?

What in the documentary surprised and/or perplexed you the most?