For our last Discussion Board forum, you will answer questions on the longevity of the American Republic, who you believe is an unsung hero in Early American History and what historical museums, monuments, battlefield sites or historic locations you recommend visiting. Here are your instructions for Discussion Board #4, write two (2) posts where you address any of the following three questions or reply to another student. Your two posts may be answering two of the three questions OR one post that answers one of the three questions and then a reply to another student. Therefore, after your initial post answering one of the three questions, you choose what you want for your second required post – answer to another question or reply to a student. Here are the questions you can address:
- Aware that republics are short-lived, offer ideas or reasons how the American republic has survived for over 230 years. In other words, why do you believe as a republic, the American experiment has endured for so long? What is because of the strength and structure of the Constitution? Brilliant leadership in the formative years? Economic growth, opportunity and capitalism? Specific freedoms? The character of the American people? Favorable geography – land and frontier? Few enemies? Ability to expand and conquer? Knowing how to expand democracy? There could be a multitude of explanations, but focus on what you believe to be a dominant one and support and argue this viewpoint. In addition, you can write about some current concerns or worries if the American republic appears in jeopardy.
- What historical figure in Early American History do you believe is an unsung hero? In other words, someone who is not a major historical figure but should be recognized and appreciated for his or her accomplishment. What vital role did this figure play in American history from colonial times to 1865? You may select a man, woman, African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Asian, European, etc.
- Recommend for your classmates a historic museum, exhibition, town, battlefield or historic site that they should visit. What is important, reflective, or even awe-inspiring about this place? What aspects of Early American History (stay before the year 1865) is honored and memorialized here? Explain what you will see, what the setting is like, and comment on your experiences there.
Here are your instructions and criteria for this Discussion Board:
- You must have two (2) separate posts. Each post is worth five (5) points each for a total of 10 points for Discussion Board #4.
- Provide insightful and well-reasoned support in your posts. Show serious reflection of thought.
- Each written post should be between 75-150 words. You may write more, but don’t be excessive; don’t write less than this word minimum; this word range should be enough to develop your ideas concisely.
- Remember don’t copy and paste material from the internet. Your posts must be your own original writing.
- Keep in mind that you must post first before seeing other classmates’ posts. To begin your post, point and click on Reply and a text box will appear. Then after you have reviewed what you written, then you can click Post Reply. Then you’ll be able to read your classmates’ posts.
- Remember to follow the rules of civility and proper academic conduct in your posts. Avoid vulgarity, rudeness, and insensitive language. You may disagree with someone in a reply, but be respectful. And above all else, DO NOT PERSONALLY ATTACK anyone for their views.
- You may write as many posts as you like, but the maximum points for Discussion Board #4 is 10 points.