Reconstruction and the Age of American Imperialism

Over the course of the nineteenth century, the United States matured into a country with interests and
influences extending beyond North America. Following the upheaval of the Civil War, Americans tried to

reassemble their country and bring the states of the former Confederacy back into the Union. The decade of
Reconstruction was characterized by contentious legislation and attempts to integrate African Americans into
the political, economic, and social frameworks of the United States. The Second Industrial Revolution reached
its height during the second half of the century as well. New innovations in manufacturing, transportation, and
communication accelerated the growth of consumer culture and changed the standard of living in the United
States. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the United States became an overseas empire, fighting wars
with European powers over territorial influence and acquiring colonial possessions of its own.
In this assessment, you will examine the legal and social changes that took place during Reconstruction in the
United States. You will also consider the ways that industrialization and imperialism contributed to the
emergence of the United States as an international power during the late nineteenth century.
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no
more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from
sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as
a guide.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will
be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect.
The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
A. Discuss three major changes in race relations (i.e., laws, amendments, labor arrangements, working
conditions, migration patterns, socioeconomic changes) that resulted from Reconstruction (suggested length of
2–3 paragraphs).
B. Describe two consequences of industrialization on American politics and/or society (suggested length of 2–3
C. Explain the rise of the Progressive movement (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following:

  1. Describe the role of religion and social morality in promoting Progressive reforms.
  2. Describe two reform movements that helped to define the Progressive Era.

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