A. P. U. S. History Essay Analysis Practice



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A.P. U.S. History

Essay Analysis Practice

For each of the following questions a thesis is provided. Following the thesis there is an ornament given. For each ornament you need to write two sentences. The first sentence names and describes the ornament. The second sentence analyzes how the ornament is useful in defending the provided thesis. For the analysis sentence you may want to start with one of the following:



  • “This reflects . . .”

  • “This demonstrates . . .”

  • “This is an example of . . .”

Essay #1

How did the economic, geographic, and social factors encourage the growth of slavery as an important part of the economy of the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775?

Thesis: Slavery grew in the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775 due to shortage of labor available there, the climate and geography which promoted the growing of cash crops, and the class stratification that existed there.

Ornament: indentured servants

Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:



Essay #2

Although the power of the national government increased during the early republic, this development often faced serious opposition. Describe the motives of those opposed to the growing power of the national government, and assess the effectiveness of their efforts.

Thesis: Though many people opposed the growth of the national government’s power during the early republic period, few were able to effectively halt or even slow its growth.

Ornament: Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:



Essay #3

“Developments in transportation, rather than in manufacturing and agriculture, sparked American economic growth in the first half of the nineteenth century.” Assess the validity of this statement.

Thesis: Though developments in manufacturing and agriculture were important, American economic growth in the first half of the nineteenth century was primarily due to developments in transportation.

Ornament: The Clermont

Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:



Essay #4

From the 1840’s through the 1890’s, women’s activities in the intellectual, social, economic, and political spheres effectively challenged traditional attitudes about women’s place in society. Assess the validity of this statement.

Thesis: Women’s activities in the public sphere challenged traditional attitudes about women’s place in society, but were unable to effectively change the status quo.

Ornament: Susan B. Anthony

Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:



Essay #5

How were the lives of the Plains Indians in the second half of the nineteenth century affected by technological developments and government actions?

Thesis: In the second half of the nineteenth century the Plains Indians suffered heavily due to factors outside of their control like new technological advancement and U.S. government actions.

Ornament: barbed wire

Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:



Essay #6

“The reorganization and consolidation of business structures was more responsible for late nineteenth-century American industrialization than was the development of new technologies.” Assess the validity of this statement in relation to the years between 1865 and 1900.

Thesis: Though the development of new technologies did spur the rise of industrialization following the Civil War, the reorganization and consolidation of business structures played a much more important role in the growth of industrialization.

Ornament: vertical integration

Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:



Essay #7

To what extent and why did the United States adopt an isolationist policy in the 1920’s and 1930’s?

Thesis: In the 1920s and 1930s the U.S., tired of its emphasis on foreign affairs during the previous two decades, reverted to its earlier policies of isolationism and concentrated heavily on domestic affairs.

Ornament: Nye Investigations



Name and Describe Sentence:

Analysis Sentence:


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