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xhoneybeex asked:

11 Dec 2011

Help with a history essay please!!

I'm writing a history essay outline and I honestly have no idea how to set it up. Here's what I have in my outline so far:







Topic: Have Americans lived up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence?



Paragraph 1

Hook: From the founding of our original nation through the 1920’s, it’s been a constant struggle to live up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Have we, as Americans, succeeded?



Thesis: Through American beginnings, the growth and challenges of developing a nation and American imperialism, three of the ideals that shone through were rights, opportunity and equality.



Paragraph 2

Topic Sentence: Rights are defined as: that which is morally correct, just, or honorable. In the Declaration of Independence, certain rights were stated for all humans.



Evidence/Explanation: However, in the early times of America, these rights were not available to all humans. Mainly, wealthy white men got the benefits of human rights. Women, slaves, and immi grants were not given the rights to hold office, have paying jobs and other things

basically, I need to know how through American beginnings, growing pains and gains of our nation and American imperialism demonstrated rights, opportunity and equality. my 3 paragraphs will be focused on rights, then opportunity then equality and explain how they affected each of the periods I mentioned. I can't use any evidence later than 1920.

Please help me. Anything you can offer would be great!

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jackie_walsh

jackie_walsh says:

Posted on 15 Dec 2011

I'm sorry I missed this question. Is it too late? I'm taking American History too. But I thought that the Declaration of Independence was mostly about being free from England. It mentions rights in the preamble ("life, libertry, and the pursuit of happiness" But that's about all. Most of the rights we talk about like freedom of speech, press, religion etc come from the Bil of Rights the 1st 10 amendments to the constitution. So was the assigned topic as you stated it?

It seems like talking about all our rights and how we've lived up to them or failed to would be a really long essay. Could you take one or two "rights" and write about them (write about rights :D). I mean like the right to vote for instance. Originally black people and women couldn't vote. Blacks got the "right" after the civil war, but that right was taken away in a lot of states. It wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that black people really did get that right in the south. Same for women. It wasn't until the early 1900s that women got the right to vote,

Does any of this make sense? Any other questions, just ask on my profile page and I'll try 2 help :)))

xhoneybeex

xhoneybeex says:

Posted on 16 Dec 2011

thank you for your answer! I've actually finished it now and turned it in already. if your interested I can send it to you but otherwise thanks for trying (: how are you liking the course? so far I've really enjoyed it.

jackie_walsh

jackie_walsh says:

Posted on 16 Dec 2011

I'd love to read it!! You can send it here or 2 jackie_walsh19@yahoo.com. I like the course a lot. Actually, I really like school a lot, now that I'm in a school where I fit in better. :D

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