DIRECTIONS: Answer three essay questions. The due date is Sunday, March 28th. The exam length is 5 to 6 pages, double-space, and size 12 font. Write the letter of the essay that you are answering not the question itself on the exam. The texts, PowerPoint lectures, and class discussions are to be referenced in your answers. A. Regarding the Reconstruction era, author and distinguished historian Eric Foner asks this question, “What is freedom?” How would the freedmen answer that question? To what extend did they achieve and not achieve freedom? What were the obstacles? What is the legacy of Reconstruction? B. How did America’s great economic and industrial expansion in the Gilded Age change the discourse over what constituted “freedom” and “liberty?” Why were some of these definitions conflicting and even oppositional? Give examples. C. What were the “boundaries” of “freedom” both at “Home and Abroad” that historian Eric Foner explored in chapter 17 of both texts? What roles did race, class, and gender play in the establishment of “boundaries?” D. Why is the period from 1900 to 1918 called the “Progressive Era?” How would you define progressivism? How progressive was the Progressive Era? Give examples. E. How and why did the United States get involved in World War I? What issues of “freedom” and “liberty” both domestic and foreign were involved in this era? F. A continuous thread through the primary source documents in Voices of Freedom is the quest for gender equality. How is that discourse changing the definitions of freedom and liberty? ****** Please try to use ‘Voices of Liberty’ Textbook, doesn’t matter what edition honestly, i’m just trying to pass the class
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