The Eight Commandments of Writing the AP US History Essay

Assignment – Outline both of the following essay questions:

1. A number of writers and reformers in the period 1865-1914 discussed the growing gap between wealth and poverty in the United States.  Compare and contrast THREE of the following authors’ explanations for this condition and their proposal for dealing with it.

Henry George :    Progress and Poverty

Edward Bellamy:           Looking Backwards

Andrew Carnegie:    The Gospel of Wealth

William Graham Sumner:    What Social Classes Owe to Each Other

2. Although the economic development of the Trans-Mississippi West is popularly associated with hardy individualism, it was in fact largely dependent on the federal government.  Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to western economic activities in the nineteenth century.

Use the following format:

I. Introduction with a “balanced” thesis that answers the question and is well-developed (NO “Fluff” – get to the point and answer the question!)

II.  3 Body paragraphs and for each include the following:

a. Topic sentence (should connect to the thesis/answer the question at least partly)

b. Bullet point your support/evidence (key words/phrases)

c. concluding or linking sentence

III. Conclusion

-that answers the question based on the evidence and arguments that you presented

-NO new info

Due Friday.

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