Writer’s Choice

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose ONE of the following four topics on which to write your paper. The main focus of your paper will be to examine the primary documents that form the basis of the question. However, you may certainly use any relevant information from either your textbook or in-class lectures to help support your answer. Any citations MUST BE in MLA format. Your paper WILL BE double spaced (no hand written papers), and you will use a font no larger than Arial 10pt, Cambria 11pt, or Times New Roman 12pt. Be sure to include an introduction with a clear thesis statement and argument points, well thought out analysis, proper references, and a neatly worded conclusion. You will submit your paper by 11:59pm on Sunday evening September 12th on Canvas. LENGTH = @ 4 PAGES

In speaking against the enslavement of the Natives in the document “Of the Island of Hispaniola,” the Dominican priest Bartolomé de las Casas wrote the following: “God has created all these numberless people to be quite the simplest, without malice or duplicity, most obedient, most faithful to their natural lords, and to the Christians, whom they serve…” In characterizing the Natives as “simple,” does de las Casas undermine his own argument? Do you believe that he is still looking down on the very people he claims to be fighting for? What does this say about European explorers and their ability (or lack thereof) to understand the true meaning of equality? Please provide at least THREE (3) quotes from De Las Casas-Of the Island of Hispaniola-1542.pdf Download De Las Casas-Of the Island of Hispaniola-1542.pdf as evidence.

In 1638, Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Puritan colony in Massachusetts for promoting individualism and challenging church authority. During her trial, Anne offered the following statement in her own defense: “Will it please you to answer me this and to give me a rule for then I will willingly submit to any truth. If any come to my house to be instructed in the ways of God, what rule have I to put them away? Do you think it not lawful for me to teach women and why do you call me to teach the court?” In reading the rest of the transcriipt, which one of Anne’s ethical breaches do you think the Puritan court officials were most concerned about? Challenging female social norms, preaching without a license, or refuting established church doctrine? Please avoid using modern judgments in your answer. Ms. Hutchinson was clearly not content to accept the status of Puritan women as it was, but what in your opinion stands out the most. Please provide at least THREE (3) quotes from Trial of Anne Hutchinson-1638.pdf Download Trial of Anne Hutchinson-1638.pdf to support your argument.

An uprising by discontent frontiersmen in the Virginia Colony during the year 1676 has since become known as “Bacon’s Rebellion.” On the surface, the disagreement between Nathaniel Bacon and Governor William Berkeley would seem to be a simple one. Bacon claims the Governor is abusing his power, saying the Governor “hath traitorously attempted, violated, and injured His Majesties interest here”. Gov. Berkeley claims Bacon is just mad he isn’t getting special favors, saying he himself has “lived 34 years amongst you, as diligent and uncorrupt as a governor ever was”. Who makes the better argument? Does either one have the best interests of the “people” in mind? There is no RIGHT answer here. Papers will be submitted that support both sides of this debate. Your goal here is to evaluate the evidence yourself and come to your own conclusion. Please provide at least THREE (3) quotes from Nathaniel Bacons Challenge-1685.pdf Download Nathaniel Bacons Challenge-1685.pdf to support your argument.

By most accounts, our founding fathers are painted as heroic figures who stood up against the corrupt Parliament and the tyrannical King George III. On the other hand, these men could also be seen as greedy white men who simply did not want to pay the legal taxes they owed to the crown. Benjamin Franklin took particular offense to the Stamp Act of 1765. In testifying before Parliament while in London, Franklin was asked what the opinion in America was on Parliament’s right to lay taxes and duties. He responded: “I never heard any objection to the right of laying duties to regulate commerce; but a right to lay internal taxes was never supposed to be in Parliament, as we are not represented there…” Though these words are very appealing to our modern sensibilities, they were utterly unbelievable to the assembled members of Parliament. Based on the information in Franklin’s testimony, to what extent do you believe Parliament had a right to tax the colonies? Were the colonists over-reacting? Did Parliament just not understand the anger any tax would create in the colonies? Please provide at least THREE (3) quotes from Franklin-Testimony Against the Stamp Act-1766.pdf Download Franklin-Testimony Against the Stamp Act-1766.pdf to support your argument.

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