American History 1650-1815

Answer the four items below for 25 points each. Although there is no set length required for your answers, these are multiple-part questions that require multiple-paragraph answers. Be sure to address each part of the question. Your answers should draw from class lectures and the textbook. Do not use outside sources. Textbook: America: A Narrative History ( Vol 1, 10th ed), George Brown Tindall and David E Shi.




  • Describe the English colonial system that was in place from the 1650s until the 1760s. You should address the concepts of mercantilism, the Navigation Acts (with examples), and salutary neglect, and explain the basic relationship between the colonies and England. How did each side generally view the situation during those years? What was the French and Indian War and how did that event change English expectations for the North American colonies?



  • Write a short history of the crisis between Great Britain and its North American colonies from 1763 to 1776. Your answer should consider topics such as British concerns following the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, Tea Act, Boston Tea Party, Coercive Acts, Common Sense, and the Declaration of Independence. Do not simply define each. You should explain each topic, its significance and relationship to surrounding events, and tell the story of these years in a coherent fashion. Provide examples from class lectures and the readings when relevant.





  • Explain the views of Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) and Alexander Hamilton (Federalist) on each of the following issues: human nature; power of government; economic vision; and the rivalry between England and France. Be sure to explain why each man advocated his respective positions. How did each side view the Whiskey Rebellion and the Jay Treaty?



  • Write a short history of American foreign relations from the 1790s to 1815. Your answer should address topics such as American neutrality, Jay’s Treaty, XYZ Affair, Quasi-War, Embargo Act, and Macon’s Bill No. 2.
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