American History: A Survey (Brinkley), 13th Edition



Explain how conflicts and rivalries among European nations both helped and hindered the American struggle for independence. (Be sure to consult previous chapters when answering this question.)
Compare and contrast the British and the American conduct of the war. How did each side propose to "win," how realistic was its assessment of the situation, and how did this prewar assessment influence the ultimate outcome of the war?
Examine the relative successes and failures of the Articles of Confederation. Do you think that this government was capable of providing the stability that the new nation needed? Why or why not?
How did Revolutionary ideology challenge the way minorities were treated in America? What changes in this treatment resulted from this challenge, and why did some minorities find their circumstances improved while others did not?
Explain how the political ideology that was the foundation of the American Revolution influenced the writing of state constitutions and the Articles of Confederation. How did the colonial experience of the states help shape this political ideology? (Be sure to consult previous chapters when answering this question.)
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