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?

Book: Foner, E., Give Me Liberty: An American History, 4th Edition, W. W. Norton & Company

Lesson 4
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?
Lesson 5
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?
Lesson 6
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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Lesson 7
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?
Lesson 8
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?

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