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Turning points are significant events in history which become catalysts for change. These changes, for example, can inspire legislation and war, cause victory or defeat, and lead to the evolution of national ideologies. Some turning points are more obvious than others and are referenced often in the study of history, while others may not be. It is our continued analysis of historical events that determine these significant moments and how they have helped shape the culture of the United States. For your final assessment, you will be identifying, describing, and analyzing a major turning point in U.S. history between the years 1400 and 1865.
In your paper you must include the following:
- Why you believe the turning point is in fact a significant moment in U.S. History.
- Describe the causes and events that led to the turning point.
- Analyze how the turning point changed the course of history in the United States.
- Evaluate the impact of the turning point on today’s society.
- Well-organized essay including a thesis statement, multiple body paragraphs, and a conclusion beyond a component of the paper.
- 3-5 pages (not including title page and reference page)
- Use of 5 or more sources.
- Use of 2 primary source documents.
- APA citations used throughout paper and a completed APA reference list
OpenStax College, U.S. History. OpenStax College. 23 December 2014. (Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11740/latest/)
Primary Source Documents:
- Lesh, B. A., & Finkelman, P. (2008). Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America. Dallas, TX: Schlager Group.
- South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession (pages 753-762) – Overview and documented text
- Jefferson Davis’ Inaugural Address to the Confederacy (pages 765-776) – Overview and documented text
- Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address (pages 777-790) – Overview and documented text
- Emancipation Proclamation (pages 815-826) – Overview and documented text
- Gettysbury Address (pages 837-846) – Overview and documented text
- Farewell Address to Senate – Jefferson Davis
Watch Video The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address
YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCXUbQ4JjXI
Watch Video American Civil War Timeline 1861-1865
YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gfl6rHFUuQ
Watch Video Civil War Veterans on Film
YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeLGasX8FHk
Watch Video The Civil War: The Cause
YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN2huQB-DmE
In your online text titled, “History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877,” read the following:
- Chapter 16: The Civil War (pages 701-779)