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“Geography was the primary factor in shaping the development of the British colonies in North America.” Assess the validity of this statement for the 1600s.

“The American Revolution should really be called the “British Revolution” because marked changes in British colonial policy were responsible for final political division than were American actions.” Assess the validity of this statement for the period 1763-1776.


The French and Indian War (1754-1763) altered the relationship between Britain and its North American colonies. Assess this change with regard to TWO of the following in the period between 1763 and 1775:

Land acquisition Economics Politics

Evaluate the extent to which the Articles of Confederation were effective in solving the problems that confronted the new nation.

To what extent was the Constitution a radical departure from the Articles of Confederation?

1 The Era of Good Feelings (1816-1824) marked the appearance of issues that transformed American politics in the next 20 years. Assess the validity of this generalization.

American reformer movements between 1820 and 1860 were characterized by unyielding perfectionism, impatience with compromise, and distrust of established social institutions. These qualities explain the degree of success or failure of these movements in achieving their objects. Discuss with reference to BOTH anti-slavery and ONE other reform movement of the era (for example, temperance, women’s rights, communitarianism, prison reform, or educational reform).


2 Analyze the extent to which TWO of the following influenced the development of democracy between 1820 and 1840:

Jacksonian economic policy

Changes in electoral politics

Second Great Awakening

Westward movement

How did TWO of the following contribute to the reemergence of a two-party system in the period 1820-1840?

Major political personalities

States’ rights

Economic issues



Discuss the impact of the “Transportation Revolution” (1840-1860), on the U.S.


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