history mid term exam paper

Mid-Term Exam

Answer the question present in EACH of the three sections below. Each of your 3 answers should be between 500-1000 words (2 to 4 pages). You must base your answers on the text book, my lectures, and the primary sources. Moreover, you must cite at least TWO of the primary readings per each answer (either from the Voices of Freedom book or those that have been posted on Canvas). The Exam is due at 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 14. Your exam will be uploaded to Canvas. It will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-It-In.

Section 1 – Reconstruction and the Gilded Age:

  1. Describe the links between immigration and labor in the United States during the Gilded Age. What were some of the challenges that immigrants faced in the United States, how did they respond?

Section 2 – Empire and Jim Crow:

  1. Discuss the three legal principles of Jim Crow. What were some of the non-legal ways that white supremacy became cemented in American society? Explain the two competing notions that were advocated by African American leaders for fighting white supremacy.

Section 3 – The Progressive Era and World War I:

  1. In what ways were the Progressives advocating social reforms? In what ways were they advocating social control? How did the 1920s mirror the social reforms and social control of the Progressives?


Exams must conform to ALL conventions of formal writing. This means that your essays are expected to be doubled-spaced, 12-point font, grammatically correct, and refer back to the course’s readings. Please include a word count on your paper. Papers that are either too long or too short will be penalized.

Please submit your document as a Microsoft Word file – or a similar word processing file such as Apple’s Pages. DO NOT convert the file to a PDF. Points will be taken off if you upload a PDF file.


  • Your exams should have a heading with the section number and the question that you’re answering (either #1 or #2). If you don’t tell me which question you are answering, I will not know how to grade you!
  • Like the last assignment, your answers should have an introduction, a body (where you provide the evidence for your answer), and a conclusion.
  • Your answer should be based on the course material – the assigned readings and lectures. DO NOT CONSULT ANY OTHER OUTSIDE SOURCES!!!I do not want to know what Google or Wikipedia tells you about these topics. All the information you need to answer these questions can be found in the text book, the primary sources, and the class lectures. You will be docked points for any outside research!!
  • Like the last essay, you MUST introduce and contextualize your quotes. You have to tell your reader what document is that you’re quoting.
  • You don’t have to use any specific citation style. You can use what you’re comfortable with. Or, simply put the LAST NAME, Page #at the end of the quote.
    • EX: Davenport noted that “The human babies born each year constitute the world’s most valuable crop. (Davenport, 251).”
  • You should also try to avoid extended quotations. In almost all circumstances, you shouldn’t be quoting more than one or two sentences at a time. When you’re trying to quote a longer passage, intersperse your own words as necessary. When I see paragraph-length citations I start to worry that you’re just trying to fill up space…
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