American History Essay

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Week 7 Discussions

Choose one of the following topics and write an essay. Some areas for you to consider including in writing your essay are provided – you are not limited to these. Post your essay as a New Thread by Thursday.


  • In what ways did the Second Great Awakening and transcendentalism reflect and react to the changes in antebellum American thought and culture?
  • In what ways do temperance, health reforms, and phrenology offer reflections on the changes in the United States before the Civil War? What needs did these reforms fill in the lives of antebellum Americans?
  • Of the various approaches to the problem of slavery, which one do you find to be the most effective and why?
  • In what ways were antebellum feminists radical? In what ways were they traditional?