Your first essay assignment will be to use the History Engine to research a specific aspect of life in the South in the 1820s. In keeping with the theme of the course, the basic analytical question for this essay will be: How did slavery shape one element of southern life in the 1820s? You can concentrate on any topic that you find interesting—politics, economics, family life, religion, etc.
Use the History Engine's search to find episodes on your topic. Your essay should quote directly from episodes currently available on the History Engine; no outside research is necessary (or even desirable). The episodes themselves, as well as upcoming lectures, should provide you with all necessary context.
Your essay should be between 500 and 600 words in length, so it is imperative that you focus your attention on a specific topic and structure your argument accordingly. This essay is worth eight percent of your final grade for the course. Essays are due at the beginning of class on Monday, September 24.