Book: Foner, E., Give Me Liberty: An American History, 4th Edition, W. W. Norton & Company
Read Chapters 7-8 and the information included in Jefferson’s Message to Congress (1803). Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
• Thomas Jefferson wrote this secret message to Congress about the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1803; what does it tell us about Jefferson’s views of westward expansion and Native Americans?
• What solutions does Jefferson propose to the friction between the fledgling republic and the Indian tribes of the West?
• What arguments does he use to explain the Lewis & Clark expedition?
Read Chapters 9-10 and the Monroe Doctrine. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
• The Monroe Doctrine became one of the crucial foundations of American foreign policy over the next century; what was the occasion for Monroe’s articulation of this doctrine, and what were the circumstances motivating its adoption?
• What reasons were used by Monroe to justify this foreign policy pronouncement, and how do they relate to arguments made during the revolutionary and early republic periods?
Read Chapters 11-12 and the information included in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; scroll down the document at this website and read through Chapters V, VI and VII of the account by ex-slave Harriet Jacobs. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following item(s):
• What does this account reveal about the nature of slavery and how slavery affected southern society?
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Read Chapters 13-14 and the Emancipation Proclamation. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
In early 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
• Why did Lincoln decide to issue the Proclamation at this particular time?
• What factors determined this decision?
• What did the President hope to gain?
• What were the limitations of the Proclamation, and what was its larger historical significance?
Read Chapter 15 and the information included in the Mississippi Black Codes. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following item(s):
During Reconstruction, Black Codes were enacted in several former states in the Confederacy. A Republican controlled Congress would later react to suppress these codes.
• What ultimately were these codes designed to do?
• Precisely how did the codes aim to accomplish these objectives?