Essay THREE-this is what the essay must be about
Between 1873 and 1917, industrialization transformed the United States. Populists, organized labor, and progressive reformers responded to that transformation. For two of these three groups, explain who joined, what problems they identified, and what solutions they proposed. To what extent did each group achieve its goals?
Outcomes of Essay 3 must include:
Explain the varied responses to US industrialization, 1873 to 1917.
Use evidence to support historical arguments.
Learning Resources: The United States, 1865-1917
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- Paul Boyer et al. The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Volume 2.
Chapter 17: The Transformation of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1860–1900
Chapter 18: The Rise of Industrial America, 1865–1900
Chapter 19: Immigration, Urbanization, and Everyday Life, 1860–1900
Chapter 20: Politics and Expansion in an Industrializing Age, 1877–1900
Chapter 21: The Progressive Era, 1900–1917
Your mastery of this competency is assessed through two essays. These essays evaluate your knowledge of historical content and ask you to demonstrate historical skills. All essays are evaluated using a rubric Download rubricthat you can review in advance.
- Each essay is worth 8.3% of your final grade.
- You need to score at least 70% on each essay to achieve mastery.
- These essays are graded by a faculty member.
- You can expect a grade within five business days after submission.
- You have three attempts to complete each essay.
- You can resubmit each essay only if you score below 70%.
- In general, essays should be about 1,000 words in length. This is a guideline, not a hard rule. Essays significantly less than 1,000 words do not usually go into enough detail, and essays significantly longer than 1,000 words often go into too much detail or fail to make coherent points concisely.
- Remember, you will use primary and secondary sources from the textbook as evidence to support your essays. Using other sources is prohibited.
General Rubric for Assessment Essays
|A essays (90%-100%) have many or all of these characteristics:||Thesis: The essay has a clear introduction and a thesis that accurately conveys the main points and arguments contained in the body of the essay.
Evidence: The essay contains numerous examples of appropriate, specific, historical evidence. Direct quotes drawn from the text are indicated as such using quotation marks, and are cited appropriately.
Structure: The essay follows a logical sequence that makes arguments and their supporting evidence clear to the reader.
Scope: The essay answers all parts of the question completely.
Prose: The prose is clear, grammatically correct, and contains few or no typographical errors.
Perspective: The essay considers the historical issues from the multiple perspectives of relevant groups within American society.
|B essays (80%-89%) have many or all of these characteristics:||Thesis: The essay has an introduction and thesis that are either somewhat unclear, not completely supported by historical evidence, or not representative of the main points and arguments contained in the body of the essay.
Evidence: The essay contains examples of appropriate, specific, historical evidence, although more examples were needed or some of the examples were neither appropriate nor specific enough. Direct quotes drawn from the text are indicated as such using quotation marks, and are cited appropriately.
Structure: The essay follows a logical sequence that usually makes arguments and their supporting evidence clear to the reader.
Scope: The essay answers almost all parts of the question completely.
Prose: The prose is clear, its grammar is mostly correct, and it contains only a few typographical errors.
Perspective: The essay considers the historical issues from multiple perspectives, but does not completely consider all relevant perspectives.