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Unit 3 Essay Instructions
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Here is the the description of the assignment
(It is also located in the Discussion #3 prompt.)
Taxation and Representation - A Debate
In the years between the end of the French and Indian War and the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord, 1763-1775, the colonies and the mother country debated the right of Parliament to legislate for the colonies. The British claimed that Parliament held this right without question, while the colonies insisted that only a body which they actually elected could tax them. While the British espoused the commonly-held notion that Parliament represented all British possessions virtually, the colonists drew on their experiences with their colonial legislatures, maintaining that the only true representation was actual representation. In this discussion you will read the accounts below, which are written from either a British or a colonial point of view and write a paper that discusses both sides of the debate. (Meets Course Learning Objectives: 3 and 9)
- Resolutions Stamp Act Congress
- The Rights of the Colonists
- Declaratory Act
- Soame Jenyns and Samuel Johnson
Discuss the following questions in your essay:
- British perspective: According to the documents that support the British position (Declaratory Act, Soame Jenyns and Samuel Johnson), what is the relationship of the colonies to Great Britain? What rights and authority does Great Britain have over the colonies?
- American perspective: According to documents supporting the American position (Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress, The Rights of the Colonists), what rights belong to the colonists? How do they view the relationship between the colonies and Great Britain?
Your essay should be a minimum of 2 pages, and you should spend AT LEAST one page discussing each position (one page discussing the British perspective and one page discussing the American perspective. Your answer should reflect the main points from each reading, and ALL readings should be addressed in your essay. The above questions should be addressed in your essay. Use examples from the readings to illustrate your main points. Remember, two pages is the minimum, and minimum essays normally score a C. If you want a higher grade, plan to be comprehensive in your coverage of the readings (There is no maximum page limit.)
Be sure to proof your essay before submitting it as errors in grammar and spelling will lead to a deduction in points. Use quotations when using the exact wording from the reading. As per the instructions in the syllabus, most of the essay should be in your own words and your own analysis of the readings. Use only the above sources for this assignment: DO NOT USE ANY OUTSIDE SOURCES FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT. If you do, you will receive a “0” for the assignment. I want this assignment to be your original thoughts on the assigned documents.
Your essay should be uploaded as Word document. Your essay is due no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, June 19th.
Consult the HIST 2111 Course Calendar for the appropriate deadlines to submit posts.
Spanish explorer/conquistador; known for conquering the Incas in present-day Peru and Chile; treated the Incas with great brutality
Italian explorer funded by Ferdinand & Isabella of Spain; landed in 1492 at Hispaniola (present-day Dominican Republic); Treated Taino (natives) brutally; arguably changed the world the most of any one person in the world
Spanish explorer/conquistador; conquered the Aztecs in present-day Mexico; took advanced city of Tenochtitlan (present-day Mexico City); treated Aztecs brutally and had Aztec leader, Moctezuma, executed
Important Information--Don't Forget!
*Students in HIST 2111 must take at least 1 proctored exam. I chose the midterm exam as the proctored exam to help you avoid additional stress with scheduling a proctored final exam. Which leads me to the next item:
*TREAT: IF you have an a "A" at the 7 week mark, you can exempt the final exam! (Maybe that will serve as a motivator?)