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Two prompts are listed below. Canvas will randomly select one for you
to answer. This written essay will be worth 100 pts.
In terms of length, the essay should be about four standard-length paragraphs.
Save time: do not include an introduction or conclusion.
1) How and why did the United States become a continental empire? First explain the
nineteenth-century belief in “Manifest Destiny” and its various ideological principles. Then
discuss America’s major territorial acquisitions of 1800-1850 and describe how each acquisition
illustrates “Manifest Destiny.”
2) How and why was the campaign for racial justice defeated during the period of
Reconstruction? First, describe the different plans of Abraham Lincoln, of “Radical
Republicans,” and of freedmen (evidenced by the relevant New York Tribune article) for
rebuilding and reincorporating the ex-Confederacy back into the U.S. Second, explain the
reasons for the defeat of the programs of “Radicals” and freedmen; reference the Easley Letter in your response.