Your Final Paper will address the following module and course outcomes:

  • Module Outcome: Conduct research, write, and organize a paper addressing the differing experiences of Americans from the colonial era through the Civil War (CO#6/Gen. Ed. Outcome 4.2, CO#7/History Program Outcome 1)
  • Course Outcome/History Program Outcome 1: Objectively evaluate a variety of historical sources (primary & secondary) for their credibility, position, and perspective.
  • Course Outcome/ General Education Outcome 4.2: Interpret and evaluate individual and group differences and similarities and explain how they may be influenced by factors such as race, gender, national origin sexual orientation, age, class, religion and/or disabilities.

In an essay of approximately 5–7 pages (1250–1750 words), excluding title page and references, address the following question:

Some Americans consider their nation’s history as the story of inevitable and ever-increasing freedom and opportunity. For the period from 1492–1867, was this true for all Americans, or only some? Make sure you address at least two different groups of colonists/Americans from the following list:  

  • Enslaved Africans/African Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Women (you may break this group down further, i.e. native-born white women or African American women)
  • Immigrants (after the creation of the United States) (you may consider all immigrants or break this down by group as well, for example German immigrants or Irish immigrants)
  • Religious minorities (for example Catholics, Quakers, or Jews)

As far as possible, your paper should make use of the ideas, sources, and themes that you covered in this course. Your paper should have at least 4–6 sources, including any relevant ones from your module papers. At least two of your sources should be primary sources. Sources should be cited and referenced in either APA (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or Chicago/Turabian (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. format.

For outside material, you can find scholarly secondary sources from the Excelsior College Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or a primary source from the Excelsior College Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or from this list of pre-approved primary source websites in US History (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. You should NOT use non-scholarly websites such as Wikipedia. If you have questions about appropriate sources, please contact your instructor.

You should save your paper as a Word file and submit it through the Module 7 dropbox. Your paper is due at the end of Module 7.

Your Final Paper should include:

For help with writing, see the Excelsior College OWL (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.

Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.”  Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.”  Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”

Turnitin

This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below. Please do not submit your assignment directly to Turnitin.com.   

Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically.  You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers.  Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately.  You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvementsuntil the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report.  Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment.  Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final.

Evaluation

This assignment will be graded using the Writing Rubric located on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here section of the course. Please review the rubric prior to beginning your work so that you ensure your submission meets the criteria in place for this assignment. This assignment is worth 25% of your final course grade.

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