The American Civil War Era: Assignment 1 - National Effects Essay

Instructor: Svitlana Kostenko
If you have a College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit two essays and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your essays before registering for the final. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting one of your essays.

Final Essay Prompt

The Civil War left a lasting impact on the United States, shaping the next several decades for the country. In this course, you've learned how the course of the war, important battles, and the plans for reconstruction after the war ended. Write a 2000 to 3000-word essay based on one of the prompts below.

  1. Imagine that the Southern states had succeeded in seceding from the Union. How would the Confederacy have fared as an independent nation? How would success have affected their relationship with the North as westward expansion continued? How would the Confederacy have established international relationships? Consider the resources they had as a country, their economy, and the policies of Jefferson Davis and his government.
  2. The effects of the Civil War didn't cease with the end of the Reconstruction Period. Connect and consider how the changes during the Reconstruction era affected the efforts for equality in the U.S. through the Civil Rights era to the present.
  3. While the Civil War had an indelible mark on U.S. history, the resolution of the war had consequences for many other foreign nations that were dealing with the issues of slavery and expansion. Assess how the end of the Civil War affected the global slave trade and the prominent powers in Europe.

Formatting & Sources

Please write your paper in the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least five credible, outside sources and cite them using CMS format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any lessons as sources, please also cite them in CMS (including the lesson title and instructor's name).

  • Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
  • Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)

If you're unsure about how to use CMS format for your paper and sources, please see the following lessons:

Grading Rubric

Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:

CategoryUnacceptable (0-1)Needs Improvement (2-3)Good (4)Excellent (5)Points
Purpose and Evidence (x4)Evidence is nonexistent or irrelevant to overall purpose; fewer than three sources are cited or all citations are from non-reputable sources Evidence from three cited sources is present, but does not tie directly to main arguments and purpose of the essayEvidence from at least three cited sources clearly supports and relates to overall purpose and the essay's argumentsEvidence from at least three cited sources is well-integrated and enhances the essay; main points are thorough and well-developed, connecting clearly to overall purpose20
Structure and Organization (x3)Disorganized and illogical structure hinders understandingSomewhat disorganized, but structure does not detract from understanding of main pointsStructure is logical; main points are supported by organization; introduction and conclusion are includedOrganization is logical; structure enhances clarity and delivery of main ideas; introduction and conclusion are connected well to supporting content15
Clarity (x2)Vague or unclear writing; reader is left with several unanswered questionsWriting is ambiguous in a few areas; overall content is either not fully explained, or is too wordy for the content includedPhrasing and word choice are mostly effective; explanations and descriptions are thorough without being wordySyntax is very clear and concise. All supporting explanations and descriptions are precise, thorough, and efficient10
Mechanics (x1)Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understandingSeveral instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammarFew instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammarNo or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar5

Before You Submit

When you are done writing your paper, we suggest taking some time to check for any errors or to add some final touches. We also suggest that you use online plagiarism checkers such as PlagScan or DupliChecker to make sure that your essay is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded.

How to Submit Your Paper

When you are ready to submit your paper, please fill out the submission form and attach your essay as a Microsoft Word, PDF or Text document. After turning in your essay, you may go ahead and take the proctored final exam. You do not need to wait for your written response to be graded. You should receive your essay grade within one week.

If you are not satisfied with the score you receive on your paper, you may revise or rewrite them and resubmit them for grading using the same submission form above. Keep in mind that the grade you receive on your papers is only a portion of your overall grade for the course, and you are free to retake the proctored final exam as well if you choose. Please see the course syllabus for a more detailed breakdown of the grading policy.

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