For each chapter of OB, you should read the entire chapter and take notes (which you will likely use on the respective assignment, as well as in your Midterm/Final Exam studying and other course work). Once you have finished reading the Chapter, you should look at the “Post-Reading Questions” at the end of the Chapter and of the Post-Reading Questions answer. Alternatively, you can choose the “Journal Option” (Option 3 below). For each question set, you should write a 1-2 page typewritten response, being sure to use information directly from the documents themselves. Each answer should also include one direct quotation from at least three of the sources referenced in the question (for a total of at least three quotes). Each question set’s answer is worth a possible 2 points. Late Assignments will NOT be accepted.
The questions (you should CHOOSE ONE to answer) for Chapter 2 are:
- Alexander Hamilton (Document 1) and Thomas Jefferson (Document 2) had very different visions of what the United States should look like. Discuss each man’s vision and the pros and cons of each vision and assess, historically, which one you think would have been more attractive to Americans at the time, being sure to use specific examples and quotes from the primary source documents in this chapter.
- Using the remainder of the primary source documents in this chapter, discuss some of the changes that occurred with the growth of the federal government in the Early National Period (i.e. how did the federal government grow and why, what did these changes mean for different groups of Americans, what conflicts did these changes create?). You should be sure to use specific examples and quotes from the primary source documents in this chapter.
- JOURNAL OPTION: Write 1-2 pages of notes on all of the documents you read in this chapter and, at the end, write down 5 questions (i.e. phrases you don’t understand, “aha!” moments you had, contemporary things that you are comparing the reading to). Please see the Journal Notes/Questions Guide (under “Files” for more guidance). Notes/Questions should be typewritten and single-spaced.