HIST 2112 – The History of the United States since 1877

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Discussion post

The period from 1877 to 1898 was a time of extreme social and economic change in the United States. Many individuals and groups benefitted from this change. Who did not benefit? Feel free to pick 1 or more groups to discuss. Make sure you provide specific examples of how the group/groups did not benefit or were held back by “progress.”


Answer the prompt in a minimum of (3) 5-sentence paragraphs.

Use at least (2) primary sources from Chapter 16 or 17’s “Sources of Freedom” located in the Unit 1 module.

To receive full credit you must directly/explicitly reference the sources. You can do this through reference “Ida B. Wells wrote that “….” or through parenthetical citation at the end of a quote or a reference to the work. You do not need to formally cite sources in Chicago/MLA/APA in discussion posts.

It is important that you engage the sources you reference, rather than just sticking them into a general response to the prompt. Show that you have put thought into your post and your use of the sources.

Posts that do not adequately reference (2) primary sources will not receive a grade higher than a ‘D’.

In addition to engaging (2) primary sources, you must include at least (3) concrete specific examples (from the sources or from the textbook). Concrete specific examples are defined as the names of people, places, things, ideas, or events.

Use proper grammar and conventions of writing. Posts that are full of grammar issues and other errors will receive a lower grade. I recommend writing your post in MSWORD, using spell check, proofreading, and then posting it into D2L.

Keep your posts civil and respectful towards your fellow classmates.

Remember, minimum responses generally earn an average grade of a ‘C’. Good or great responses go well-beyond minimum requirements and show careful thought and consideration.

Response Directions:

After you have written your initial post, respond to (1) of your classmates’ post. When responding, make sure to address *WHY* the group the was left out or did not benefit from 1877 to 1898. Importantly, make sure to add something *NEW* to the discussion. Posts that are simply vague, general, or congratulatory will receive a ‘F’.

Your response post should be a minimum of 5 sentences.

Your response should include at least (1) specific example.

Your response should reference at least (1) primary source from the chapter source list.

Your response should be civil and friendly.


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