Just as their male counterparts, women sought opportunities in the Great West, and faced the same hardships as men did. This brief article by Marcia Hensley gives some interesting statistics about western women homesteaders, including that as many as 12% of the homesteaders in Utah, Colorado, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana were single women, and that many of these women were much older than the legal minimum–21 years–when they headed west to work their claim.
How do you think women’s roles changed in the West?
How do you think these women influenced the developing societies of the western territories?
- Part I: 45 Multiple Choice Questions.
- Part II: 3 Essay questions. (Answer ALL three questions.)
Colonial Period (1619-1763)
-demographics of Virginia settlers and New England settlers
-Massachusetts Bay colony characteristics
-Virginia colony characteristics
Revolutionary Period (1763-1788)
-reasons for Revolution (political, economic, social)
-ideas of Declaration of Independence
-Saratoga and Yorktown
-successes and failures of Second Continental Congress
-federalism and Federalist-Antifederalist debates
-James Madison, Federalist No. 10
–Constitutional Convention: New Jersey v. Virginia Plans, Three-Fifths Compromise
Early Republic (1788-1812)
-Washington’s foreign policy
-Hamilton’s economic policies
–First Party System (Hamiltonians/Federalists vs. Jeffersonians/ Democratic Republicans)
-Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
Antebellum America, 1815-1860
-Henry Clay’s American System
-characteristics and effects of Market Revolution
-effects of transportation revolution (examples: railroads, Erie Canal)
–cotton gin and effects on slavery
-Andrew Jackson’s achievements and effects on presidential power
–Second Party System (Democrats v Whigs)
–Second Great Awakening and its effects
-women’s rights movements
-reform movements (education, temperance, etc)
Expansion and Coming of the Civil War, 1845-1860
-causes and consequences of the Mexican War
-demographics of slaveholding in the pre-Civil War South
-debates over slavery: expansionists vs. “free soil” ideology
–Compromise of 1850
– Kansas-Nebraska Act and “Bleeding Kansas”
-rise of the Republican Party
Civil War and Reconstruction
-Lincoln’s purpose for the war: pre and post-Emancipation Proclamation
-Northern advantages and Southern advantages
-Gettysburg and Vicksburg
-social effects of the war on soldiers, including freedmen
-Lincoln’s 10% Plan, Andrew Johnson’s Plan, Radical Republican Plan for Reconstruction
-achievements and failures of Radical Reconstruction in the South
–13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
-causes of the end of Reconstruction and “redemption” of the South
- Similarities and differences between the three plans for Reconstruction. Lincoln’s, Johnson’s, and Congress’s Plans. Why the differences?
- Expansion & Manifest Destiny during the 1840’s. Why? Where? How? Consequences?
- What did American colonists mean the phrase by “no taxation without representation”? How does the colonial relationship with Great Britain evolve from 1763 until 1776.
- Be sure to consider Salutary Neglect, Direct Representation, Prescriptive Rights, Economic Interests, Ideas of the Enlightenment.
- As always, provide specific evidence to support your argument.
STUDY GUIDES FOR THE EXAM:
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