For each chapter of OB, you should read the entire chapter and take notes (which you will likely use on the respective assignment, as well as in your Midterm/Final Exam studying and other course work). Once you have finished reading the Chapter, you should look at the “Post-Reading Questions” at the end of the Chapter and CHOOSE ONE of the Post-Reading Questions answer. Alternatively, you can choose the “Journal Option” (Option 3 below). For each question set, you should write a 1-2 page typewritten response, being sure to use information directly from the documents themselves. Each answer should also include at least one direct quotation from at least three of the sources referenced in the question (for a total of at least three quotes). Each question set’s answer is worth a possible 2 points. Late Assignments will NOT be accepted.
The questions for Chapter 10 (you should CHOOSE ONE to answer in 1-2 pages) are: Pretend you are a muckraking journalist who has been assigned to write an expose about social, moral and political corruption in the United States during the Gilded Age. Write an article discussing the social, moral and political corruption that is occurring; you should be sure to use specific examples and quotes from the primary source documents in this chapter. Write a list of the benefits of American imperialism and a list of the drawbacks of American imperialism, being sure to use specific examples and quotes from the primary source documents in this chapter. Then draw a conclusion about whether American imperialism was ultimately a good thing or a bad thing for the United States. JOURNAL OPTION: Write 1-2 pages of notes on all of the documents you read in this chapter and, at the end, write down 5 questions (i.e. phrases you don’t understand, “aha!” moments you had, contemporary things that you are comparing the reading to). Please see the Journal Notes/Questions Guide (under “Files” for more guidance). Notes/Questions should be typewritten and single-spaced.