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HIS 203 Week 5 Final Paper

HIS 203 Week 5 Final Paper

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Defining what constitutes the American nation, historically, is more difficult than it might at first seem. Native Americans enjoy full U.S. citizenship today, for instance, but many Native American groups were originally seen as foreign enemies, not as members of the American nation. Similarly, one of the aims of some abolitionists was to convince white Americans that enslaved African-Americans were Americans, or as Child (1833) stated, a ―class of Americans called Africans,‖ not a foreign people held in domestic captivity. While white women were generally regarded as members of the nation, they were often denied the attributes—individualism, political participation, economic autonomy—that supposedly defined a member of the American nation. As the country grew more democratic, one of the central problems to be resolved was which groups constituted ―the people‖ that the government would represent. Should it include all persons, or only white men, or only property holders? For this project, you will explore the complicated nature of the American nation from 1607 to 1865 by focusing on one of the following issues: 1. The changing place of Native Americans in the American nation.
 2. The changing place of slaves and slavery in the American nation.
 3. The changing roles of women in the American nation.
 4. The expansion of democracy and changing views of who constituted ―the people‖ whose political voice had to be
respected.
 5. The establishment of an interconnected national economy from disparate local economies.
 The paper must be eight to ten pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least five scholarly resources other than the textbook to support your claims, three of which must come from the Ashford University Library. In addition, you must also draw from two primary sources, for a total of at least seven resources. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.

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