US History

In this assessment, you will explain the characteristics of the First Party System in the United States and its legislative consequences. You will also examine the growth of the sectional divisions in the United States during the nineteenth century leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War.

A.  Explain (suggested length of 1–2 paragraphs) the reasons for the rise of partisan politics in the Early Republic (i.e., major conflicts and concerns, development of the First Party System).
B.  Discuss the development of the Second Party System (suggested length of 1–2 pages) by doing the following:
1.  Compare the platforms of the Whig and Democratic parties.
Note: You may include both similarities and differences of the two parties.
2.  Describe the leaders and constituents that defined each party.
3.  Explain how the Second Party System contributed to increased democratization of American politics.
C.  Discuss the major movements and events that led to the Civil War (suggested length of 2 pages) by doing the following:
1.  Explain the pro-slavery and abolitionist arguments of the antebellum period.
2.  Describe the role of westward expansion in increasing sectional tensions.
3.  Evaluate how three major events (e.g., significant legislation, territorial conflicts, court cases, political debates) contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.
D.  Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content.
1.  Include the following information when providing source references:
•   author
•   date
•   title
•   location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)
Note: APA citation style is the WGU standard. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Resources web link found under General Information/APA Guidelines in the left-hand panel in Taskstream.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly.