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 You will choose 2 of the 4 questions to answer. Your answers should be thoughtful, in depth and fully explain your understanding of the information. Remember, this is your opportunity to show what you know and understand. Make sure to give examples and evidence from the textbook and readings to justify or explain your answers.  Your answers should be about 150-200 each. If your answer is less than 150 words or does not fully answer the question, points will be taken off.  

 * Make sure your posts are in your own words. I already know what the texts say. I am not just looking for facts. I want your own insights and connections into the topic as well. Simply regurgitating facts or writing what the texts say does not demonstrate your knowledge or understanding of the topics.  

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1. Describe the Lowell Mills and other early factory systems. Which types of people did these early factory systems target and why? How did that impact/change American societies and families? Explain. 

 2. Describe the building of new transportation systems within the Untied States? Why were these new transportation systems needed? Which parts of the US were they built in? How did this impact the economic growth of different parts of the US? Explain. 

***********I also uploaded the textbook and Discussion board sample from my Professor*********

I have been reading through discussion posts and thought I might give a few suggestions. If you have been struggling, try using the ACE method. First give your ANSWER, then CITE EVIDENCE, and finally EXPLAIN how that evidence supports your answer. Here are a few examples that might help. (You do not HAVE to use this method, but if you struggling it might be helpful). 

Question: What were the motivations for the colonists declaring independence against Great Britain? Why did they feel they needed to take this drastic step? What were the risks? What were the repercussions?

Answer:  The colonists felt that they had exhausted all other opportunities to compromise or work with Great Britain and had no other option but to declare independence (ANSWER). They had made numerous attempts at asking for representation in Parliament to give them more fair opportunities and tax laws. They tried peacefully protesting and boycotting British goods as a way to show their dissatisfaction with the increased taxes, soldiers, and oppressive authority. They also wrote the Olive Branch Petition as a formal way to ease tensions and come to a diplomatic agreement between the colonies and Britain (CITED EVIDENCE). However, none of these efforts were successful as the British continued creating harsher restrictions and taxes, and increased the military presence in the colonies to keep rebellions down. When King George rejected the Olive Branch Petition, the Continental Congress realized they would never get their needs and demands met and decided independence was the only route that could be taken (EXPLANATION).

Question: Compare the colonization of the Spanish and the English. How were their motivations, lifestyles, and interactions with natives different from one another?

Answer: The Spanish came to the Americas looking for economic and religious opportunites. They did not come to create permanent colonies, but rather to find resources and to spread Christianity. The English were looking to create permanent settlements in the New World. Because the Spanish did not intend to stay permanently, those who came were mostly men, which explains why they ending up raping and pro-creating with natives. They also used natives for labor as part of the encomienda system, leading to a high level of negative interations between Spanish and Natives. On the other hand, the English brought women and children with them as they intended to settle and live long term in the Americas. Because they had their own women and had did not use natives for labor, they excluded the natives from their communities and had as little interactions as possible. The different goals of the Spanish and the English led to differing lifestyles of each group and explains their different relationships with Native Americans. 

*Note how I used specific examples or evidence to support my answer, but that I provided my own assertions and interpretation of the information, rather than just listing facts. This is what I am looking for. 

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