Essay I, 1848 to 1877: Respond to ONE of the following essay questio

Essay I, 1848 to 1877:

Respond to ONE of the following essay questions with a thesis-driven, direct, organized, and compelling response. Begin with a persuasive and direct thesis, supporting that with detailed analysis of specific examples ending with a “So What?” argument for lasting significance. Strong responses will employ between 3 and 5 brief paragraphs.

1. It is sometimes suggested that the US Civil War, 1861-1865 did not revolve around preserving or ending chattel slavery. Analyze at least three examples between 1848 and 1865 to counter this claim.

2. Reconstruction rebuilt America in architectural, emotional, economic, and political terms between 1865 and 1877. Analyze several specific examples to suggest how Reconstruction failed many Americans.