Academic Papers on U.S. History (1700s)

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A 7 page essay that discusses the central role that Franklin’s list of virtues plays in his autobiography. While Franklin’s account demonstrates that he largely succeeded in his goal to live by these virtues, his references to others, specifically Samuel Keimer, John Collins, and Hugh Meredith, provide contrast to Franklin’s own behavior, as they provide ...

A 3 page essay discussing Edward's focus on the ecclesiastical vs. Franklin's focus on the individual. The paper compares the two's viewpoint and successes as depicted in each man's biography.

This 6 page research paper discusses The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which chronicles America's ultimate 'Renaissance Man's' life from his birth in 1706 until 1757. Specifically considered is how Franklin's life represents the 'great American success story.' Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 5 page report discusses the writings of two great Americans from the 18th century -- the relatively unknown John Woolman and the very well-known Ben Franklin. Each offered important insight regarding morality, business, and morality in business. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page essay that analyzes the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin in regards to the how Franklin embodied the American Dream. The writer also examines how Franklin can be seen as a model for the ideal eighteenth century man and, also, how his memoirs contributed to the concept of an American character. Bibliography lists 2 ...

A 4 page essay that argues that Benjamin Franklin's autobiography offers readers insight into the eighteenth century. In his introduction to Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, Louis P. Masur comments that the text gives the reader insight into understanding the social context of the eighteenth century (2003, p. 7). Examination of Franklin's text shows that Masur's assessment ...

A 5 page book review that discusses the themes and major points made by biographer Richard Brookhiser on the life of Alexander Hamilton. Brookhiser argues that Hamilton's accomplishments run far deeper into the fabric of American history then is generally supposed. The writer finds this assessment, based on this biography, to be true. No ...

This 11 page paper discusses and gives an indepth look at the biographies of Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner and their Civil War photographs. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

A 9 page book review that reports on Henry Wiencek's An Imperfect God, which is a biography of George Washington that offers a different view of this Founding Father, as Wiencek concentrates on Washington's role as a slaveholder. Drawing heavily on critical analysis of this text authored by historian Peter Henriques, the writer ...

In four pages this paper presents a review of Ellis’ acclaimed 2004 historical biography on the first President of the United States that considers how the author selected his choice of subject, the questions the author seeks to answer, the thesis the author argues, and how successful he is at presenting his case and shaping ...

A 5 page discussion of the political views of these three founding fathers. Suggests that a debate between Washington, in particular, and modern day political scientists would reveal many differences. Although admittedly our government has become considerably more complex over time, Washington would undoubtedly still hold to his viewpoints of limited government powers ...

This 5 page paper looks at the basics of the Texas Constitution, including sovereignty of the people, the republican style of government, separation of powers, the role of the military and the limited form of government which results from the checks and balances incorporated in the constitution. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

A 5 page essay that argues for the powers given the federal government in the Constitution to regulate the states as opposed to the more autonomous semi-country status the states had under the Articles of Confederation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 4 page research paper which examines the book by Edmund S. Morgan whose basic premise is that Washington's genius lay primarily in his use and understanding of the principles of power. Morgan makes a good case for this argument as he gives insight into Washington's character and the politics that were prevalent during the ...

Separation of Powers

  • 8 page paper

This 8 page paper provides a sample letter that discusses the separation of powers and Supreme Court decisions in its regard. Several decisions are noted, many of which address matters that arose during the Clinton presidency. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This 6 page paper looks at the United States Constitution and compares it with the English 'Constitution.' Both forms of government are discussed as well as the balance of power in each nation. Bibliography lists 7 sources

Franklin & Whitefield

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page research paper that examines the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield, an influential itinerant Anglican preacher who swayed thousands of colonists with his evangelical preaching in the 1740s. The writer demonstrates that Franklin changed his initial position of support for Whitefield and used his skilled pen whenever possible to deflate the ...

A 6 page paper that posits that although the constitution framed at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 is an excellent document, that the framers left a document that continues to pit people against economic rights. Touted as a democracy, individuals do not have true electoral power. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 4 page discussion of how slavery promoted American Independence, limited the power of the national government under the Articles of Confederation, and impacted the drafting of the United States Constitution. No sources are listed.

A 4 page essay/research paper that discusses the right to Freedom of Religion, which is guaranteed under the First Amendment. This examination focuses on the issues that continue to define the division between church and state that this amendment imposes on the American government. Many people today would tear down the wall dividing church and ...


  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper suggests that Reconstruction, the period which occurred after the Civil War, was a failure to an extent. Policies of both Lincoln and Johnson are discussed as well as acts of Congress. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 6 page paper provides an overview of this issue. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 was an Act to conserve and develop Indian lands and resources; to extend to Indians the right to form business and other organization; to establish a credit system for Indians; to grant certain rights of home rule to ...

A 5 page paper that discusses the declaration written by the Stamp Act Congress. The Congress was comprised of representatives from 9 of the 13 American colonies. It was convened in response to the Stamp Act passed by Parliament in March 1765, a tax without representation. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 4 page research paper on comparing the Haitian and American Revolutions. The writer details the general history of the Haitian revolt, including its slave basis and the leadership of Toussaint-Louverture, and distinguishes it from the makeup of the American Revolution. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

All too often, our contemporary media portrays the American Revolutionary War as a relatively brief and glorious fight for Independence from British taxation. In reality, it was for at least a century and a half prior to the onset of Revolutionary conflict that the forthcoming war was foreshadowed through economic struggle, political instability, and ...

American History

  • 4 page paper

This 4 page paper provides an overview of two essays and five short answer responses to questions on American history. These essays and questions specifically address issues around the American Civil War and issues of slavery. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 9 page discussion of the impacts of war on American society during the early history of the country. Provides information regarding the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican American War, emphasizing the needs of those that feel that they are oppressed to rise up against their oppressors. Concludes that ...

A 5 page research paper that examines Donald R. Hickey's unique perspective on the War of 1812 as stated in his book. In this work, Hickey offers a radically different perspective on this conflict then the one traditionally offered in most US history texts. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page review of "Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention". Outlines the contents of the book and highly complements the authors to bring history to life. Notes the key players, issues and historical circumstances of the Constitutional Convention. No additional sources are listed.

A 5 page essay that compares and contrasts two accounts of the American Revolution-- The American People: Crating a Nation and a Society edited by Gary Nash and Julie Roy Jeffrey and A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The writer discusses how both of these accounts endeavor to present a more ...

This 6 page paper provides an overview of the rebellion and biographical information on Daniel Shays. What Shays's Rebellion accomplished, and its place in history, is discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A five page paper which looks the history of the Irish in Ireland, the factors which motivated the waves of emigration to the USA from the eighteenth century onwards, and the extent to which the Irish community has successfully integrated into American life in the present day. Bibliography lists 5 sources

A basic, 9 page discussion of the Tea Party, its participants, and primarily-- its impact. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

In 2 pages the author discusses the differences between the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, and answers whether she would have supported ratification of the new Constitution as it was submitted to the states. Bibliography lists one source.

A 5 page essay which compares the English document with the American Constitution. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page overview of the roles of these three New York delegates in the Constitutional Convention. Emphasizes that these three men contrasted vividly in their opinions and philosophies in comparison to the language and provisions which ultimately would be incorporated into the Constitution of the United States. Concludes that while the voices of ...

This 6-page paper discusses various aspects of government, based on the Federalist papers and Jefferson's Notes on Virginia. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 6 page research paper that contains 2 smaller essays, of 3 pages each. The first essay concerns the causes of the Panic of 1929 and the Great Depression and the second essay addresses the financial system established by Alexander Hamilton for the young United States. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Publius and Brutus

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page essay that compares the Federalist essays of John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison supporting the new Constitution of the United States with the criticism of the Constitution offered in the antifederalist essays authored by "Brutus" and "Old Whig." Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the controversy and difference of opinion which went into the writing of the Constitution of the United States. This paper provides an overview of those events and issues and contends that it is this very controversy and difference of opinion is what resulted in the strength and timelessness the ...

A 5 page research paper that reports on the innumerable controversies that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention had to overcome in order to frame this historic document. The writer relies on Catherine Drinker Bowen's classic study on this topic, "Miracle in Philadelphia." No additional sources cited.

A twenty five page paper which looks at the strategies involved in the Battle of Saratoga of 1777, and the events which led up to this turning-point in the War of Independence. The paper considers such factors as the difficulties which the British commanders found in implementing their military tactics, the problems which arose as ...

This is a 7 page paper discussing the lives and the self-improvement writings of Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass. In Franklin’s “Autobiography” he helped formulate a plan that others could follow as a guide for self-improvement and improvement in society. Douglass’ “Narrative” documented his life as a slave and the freedom it attained in order ...

This 5 page paper discusses writers such as Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and William Byrd. This paper examines their contributions in terms of writings and how those writings reflect both spiritual and worldy ideals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

This is a 6 page book review discussing Bernard Bailyn’s “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution”. Bernard Bailyn’s “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” (1967, 1992) shows readers the importance and influence of the “pamphleteers” during the time of the American Revolution. Previous to Bailyn’s publication in 1967, most historical accounts of the ...

A 3 page book review of The American Revolution, A History by Gordon S. Wood, which offers the reader an articulate, well-written, expertly researched summary of the events and situations that led up to the war with Great Britain, which resulted in the birth of the United States. Wood’s obvious purpose is to provide ...

A 5 page paper outlining the role of the Judiciary Branch of the federal government and how this role is clarified by the Federalist Papers written in 1777 and 1778. No additional sources are listed.

This 5 page paper discusses the impact of the Renaissance period on physical education. Specifically, major renaissance happenings such as the black plague, the Spanish Inquisition, and the crusades are discussed in terms of their effect on physical education. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the various concepts of race and gender in the United States during the 18th century. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the impact of federalism on the structure of American government, the events and factors which contributed to the predominance of the federal government concept, and the relevance of these views today. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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