Section Two: Choose ONE of the following questions and respond with a multi-paragraph essay:
1. What major events and historical trends contributed to the development of a distinct American identity during the 17th and 18th centuries? At what point did colonists become distinctively “American” and what factors distinguished this new people from their counterparts in Europe and Africa?
2. How did systems of government evolve from early colonial settlement through the writing of the United States Constitution and the early republic? How did early practices of governance influence America throughout the 19thcentury?
3. Evaluate the validity of the following statement: “Slavery was integral to the development of the American nation.”
4. To what extent was the Civil War inevitable? What forces and historical trends throughout American history led to the Civil War, and how did those forces shape Reconstruction?