Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Joseph Ellis
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Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the Constitutional Convention avoided the subject of slavery while forming the new republic? List the advantages and disadvantages of deferring this vital issue to a future generation. What were some of the results of this avoidance? How do you feel US history would have been changed if this issue had been resolved 1) to allow and encourage slavery and 2) to outlaw slavery?

Essay Topic 2

Re-read paragraph two on page 16, where the author says America was founded not necessarily on a proposition written by Jefferson in 1776, but on an argument about what that proposition means. What does the author mean by this statement? Does it make you think differently about the history as you were taught as a young child?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you believe public opinion changed so radically regarding duels after the death of Alexander Hamilton? Do you think the American...

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