Read the readings and answer the question

Read the readings and answer the question

Worksheet # 1: Reconstruction
Short answer for the following questions. Goals: 1) Recognize and analyze arguments and evidence in scholarly articles and primary sources. 2) Deepen understanding of Reconstruction
1. Who do you agree with more—Douglas Blackmon or Edward Blum—about how life really changed for African Americans after the Civil War? Why?
2. Historian Patricia Limerick, in speaking of the West as a frontier during Reconstruction, said it was far from a romantic place where Americans “escaped each other, but where we all met.” In your own words, what does she mean?
3. Identify one piece of evidence that any of the secondary source authors used, which you find interesting, and discuss how they use them. List page numbers where that evidence appears.
4. Pick one primary source which you felt was most interesting for something it revealed about Reconstruction in the South or West. Why did you pick this? What did it reveal for you?
5. Identify one concept or quote from the secondary or primary readings that you would like elaborated in class and why.
Worksheet # 2: Gilded Age American Industry and Empire
Answer the following questions. Do not exceed front and back of single sheet of paper.
1. In American historical myth and legend, railroads are seen as vehicles of modern American progress, as triumphs of American enterprise and freedom. How does historian Richard White, in “Creating the System,” challenge these myths?
2. Based on historian Paul Kramer’s essay, “Racial Imperialism,” why did the United States build an empire in the Philippines? Race and racism were factors, but how did they reflect—and help create—broader, non-racial factors like economics, war, and politics?
3. Identify one piece of evidence that any of the secondary source authors used, which you find interesting for understanding America’s “Gilded Age,” and discuss how they use them. List page numbers where it appears.
4. Pick one primary source which you felt was most interesting for understanding the American “Gilded Age.” Why did you pick this?
5. Identify one concept or quote from the secondary or primary readings that you would like elaborated in class and why.

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