History 217 Discussion 7, 8 & 9

Discussion 7

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Answer more than one of the following questions based on the lecture, The World of Benjamin Banneker and Richard Freeman:

1. Who was Benjamin Banneker and what was his challenge and to whom did he direct it?

2. Why did it seem that slavery was ending in the United States in the 1780s-1790s?

3. Who was Richard Allen/Richard Freeman and how did his story illustrate the ways the revolutionary era could be BOTH liberating and confining for some people?

4. Who was Gabriel and what did he do? What was the ultimate result of his action?



Discussion 8


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Based on the lecture, The World of Charlotte Temple:

1. Who was Rosalie Stier Calvert and how did her life reflect the changes wrought by the American Revolution?

2. What was the great irony of the story of Eli Whitney?

3. Who was Sylvester Graham and how did his Grahamite diet reflect the changes in post-revolutionary America? What campaign did Graham and John Harvey Kellogg lead and what was their stated purpose in doing so? What did they invent as a result?

4. What was the Cult of Domesticity and what prescription for family structure did it idealize? How was the new family structure (the modern family) different from the patriarchal household economy?

5. How and why did courtship change in post-revolutionary America?

6. What was the moral of Charlotte Temple and why was the book so popular?

7. Some historians have argued that all of the changes in religion, politics, and social relationships in the post-revolutionary era were caused by the Market Revolution–by the rise of market capitalism. Do you think that the changes in social relations in the early American republic were caused by economics or by politics or by religion or did the changes in social relations cause changes in those areas or was it some combination of all of them? Why and how?


Discussion 9




For this discussion, we’re flipping the script and having the FIRST THREE respondents pose  three questions on the lectures on the Jacksons and the Tappan Bros. After that, other students should answer at least three questions from those asked by the students or by me, as I will help get things started with three questions. Not all of your questions or answers should be over the same lecture. Those who ask the questions do NOT have to answer any questions but may do so if they wish.

1. How did people in the 19th Century see Indian Removal as a “liberal” policy when we see it has so illiberal, immoral, and sinful today?

2. Do you think it is appropriate to call the period 1824-1852, “The Age of Jackson” as so many historians have done? Why or why not?

3. What positive changes resulted from the rise of market capitalism (economic liberalism) in the United States between 1800-1850?