Students are required to answer one of the following:
- Your family lives in Virginia. They own a modest farm which has two families of slaves. It is the new year of 1861 and war is possible. Which side will you support? Why will you be willing to give your life if necessary for the Union or the newly forming Confederacy? Your slaves are anxious and speak of freedom. What is to be done with them?
- It is the spring of 1865. Your family resides in Roswell, Georgia and has experienced four long years of war. A peace has been signed. The Reconstruction period is commencing. Congress is passing new laws which may change the South. Do you agree and follow these new laws? Or do you resist these changes and work ardently to make sure that as little as possible changes in the South? What is your motivation and what are your beliefs about the status of the former slaves?
- (3 points) A maximum of will be given based on the use of imagination and creativity when creating their essay.
- (3 points) A maximum of will be given based on the correct use of historical facts, persons and events in an accurate historical manner. For example, an essay dealing with the Reconstruction period should include appropriate references to that time period.
- (2 points) The student can earn up to for properly addressing the question or situation asked in the original essay assignment.
- (2 points) A final will be awarded for the essay’s presentation. The body of the essay should meet the following criteria:
- The essay should be at least two complete pages of text using standard font and margin size. No references will be needed in terms of footnoting etc. Obvious mistakes, such as misspelled words and incorrect grammar should be avoided. The essay should be proofed by the student to ensure that the question posed has been addressed.