American History Homework Six Answers - Student Five

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1. Presidents Lincoln’s main goal was to save the Union.


2. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 14th gave all races equal rights, and the 15th gave all races the right to vote.

Correct again!

3. I think Robert E. Lee was my favorite military figure. He was an exceptional soldier in the US army. In early 1861, President Abraham Lincoln invited Lee to take command of the entire Union Army. Lee declined because his home state of Virginia was seceding from the Union, despite his wishes. He was loyal to his own state. He was a brilliant military strategist, and a honorable man.


4. I think I would have been easier on the South, and its re-admittance to the United Sates. I wouldn’t have allowed the Northern “carpetbaggers” into the South, and I would have opposed the Radical Republicans. I would have tried to encourage racial peace, and I would have tried to bring down the KKK, both the physical group, the hate of the African Americans, and the anger harbored toward the North. If the North hadn’t been so strict and hard on the South, there might have been a lot less tension between the two.

Excellent answer.

5. I don’t think that have been homeschooled had all that much to do with his unique thinking. Although being homeschooled may have been a part of his independent thinking, I think it was probably more his character than his homeschool education that shaped who he was and how he thought. Also, homeschooling today is not nearly the same as in Lincoln’s time. Many people back then were homeschooled, and homeschooling was much different.

OK, but I bet homeschooling did shape his character, just as public school shapes the character of those in that system.

6. This cartoon portrays President Lincoln tormented by nightmares of defeat in the election of 1864. It was probably made by someone who was in support of McClellan, who is shown in uniform, ascending the steps to the White House, while Lincoln is running after being kicked out by Columbia. The cap and cloak allude to an incident in 1861 before Lincoln's first inauguration. On being informed that an attempt would be made to assassinate him on his way to Washington, Lincoln took a night train and disguised himself. The cartoon mocks his fear, giving the view that Lincoln was not good for presidency and that McClellan would win.

Superb analysis. Will use as a model!

7. This cartoon defends Chinese immigrants against the fierce prejudice and discrimination which they faced in late-nineteenth-century America. With the increased suppression of the international slave trade in the mid-nineteenth century, businesses turned to China for an alternative source of labor. The Burlingame Treaty of 1868 allowed a free flow of immigration between China and the United States. American men looking for work didn’t like the Chinese immigrants, because they would work for much cheaper, and therefore were hired. On the wall behind Columbia are plastered numerous slurs against the Chinese immigrants, who are labeled as barbarian, heathen, pagan, immoral, anti-family, and vile.

Terrific answer.

H1. I would choose deflation over inflation. Inflation is when your money isn’t worth as much, and deflation is when your money is worth more. However, both are unavoidable in a free-market economy, so we all have to deal with both. A “hard money” standard encourages more Inflation because the value of the dollar decreases.

Good, except a "hard money" standard encourages more DEFLATION because THE value of the dollar INCREASES. (Minus 1).

H2. Free enterprise was a good thing after the Civil War. It allowed the Americans to rebuild their country themselves, without the government being in the way. The opposite of free enterprise, a planned economy, could not have helped America nearly as well, because the government, was most likely a mess after the Civil War, so it would not have been able to effectively manage and revive the economy as well as the Americans itself did.


H5. I think that Abraham Lincoln was pretty much a good guy, even if he wasn’t the greatest president. He experienced a spiritual renewal while in office, which I think helped him during his second term. He personally disliked slavery, and if he had not been doing everything to save the Union, he probably would have been more of an abolitionist. He thought preserving the Union was the most important thing, because he knew that a nation divided was more susceptible to vulnerabilities.

Terrific answers! Score: 99/100.--Aschlafly 22:47, 23 October 2008 (EDT)