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Write a paper about a person in a period of United States history from exploration to 1877, and explain a challenge the person faced, what that challenge was, and how the person did or did not overcome the challenge.

For the final Portfolio Project, option #1, write a paper about a person in a period of United States history from
exploration to 1877, and explain a challenge the person faced, what that challenge was, and how the person did
or did not overcome the challenge.
• Do not write a complete biography of the person’s life.
• Focus on a challenge faced by the person.
• Describe the historical, social, governmental or
personal circumstances of the challenge.
• Explain how the person interacted with the challenge.
o Did the person meet the challenge and succeed?
o Did the challenge defeat the person?
o Explain the resolution of the challenge. Was it
resolved? Did it continue?
o Does the challenge the person faced continue to
challenge American society today? Explain how so or
why the challenge no longer exists.
This paper must include a discussion of the following topics:
• a thorough summary of the event including the
incidents that took place and the key individuals
involved;
• the importance of the event in the scheme of U.S.
history; and
• the impact of the event, person, or time in U.S. History.
Please adhere to the following requirements for the paper:
• Your paper must be between 4-6 full pages not
counting the required Title and Reference pages.
• Use at least five sources, one primary source and a
scholarly journal article. The textbook is not included in
the required sources.
• Construct an introduction and strong thesis statement.
• In the body of the essay, use supporting facts and
examples to strengthen your thesis.
• Finish with a forceful conclusion reiterating your main
idea

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