US History

Read at least three of the following primary readings, available from the Documents for Chapter 7. This is not an exhaustive list; you may substitute other My History Lab written sources. You may click them here, If the links don’t work, access My History Lab, and find the readings among the “Resources” for Chapter 7.

•Alexander Hamilton, “Report on Manufactures” (1792–excerpts)

•Alexander Hamilton, “An Opinion on the Constitutionality of an Act to Establish a Bank” (1791)

•William Maclay, “For the Independent Gazetteer” (satire against Washington and Hamilton–1790)

•George Washington, Sixth Annual Address to Congress (on the Whiskey Rebellion–1794) here

•The Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

•Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions1798-99

•Philip Freneau, “God save the Rights of Man”

•French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 1789

•U. S. Declaration of Independence

•Maximilien Robespierre, “On Political Morality,” 1794

•James Wilson, An Introductory Lecture To a Course of Law Lectures (1791)

•Molly Wallace, Valedictory Address to the Young Ladies’ Academy in Philadelphia (1792)

With reference to these sources, the Divine-Breen text, and the lectures, write and post an essay, 250-400 words long, in answer to one of the questions below. Please begin the essay with a “purpose statement,” a sentence or two indicating what question you will answer and with what sources. Post your essay directly in “Discussions,” in the “Discussion #7 Posts” link. Write it directly there, do not send it as an attached file.

Questions (choose one):

1.What was at stake for the United States, in Secretary Hamilton’s view? Were his proposals good on economic and political grounds?

2.What major issue or issues for women are described in the James Wilson and Molly Wallace readings? Why did these seem important in the America of the 1790s?

3.Compare the understandings Americans had of liberty and rights with those you find in the French revolution.

4.Referring to various political issues of the time and some of hte above readings, what was polarizing American politics so dangerously in the 1790s?

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