A Christian Nation

Week 3 | Discussion – Revolution!

 

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Although Scripture speaks specifically about people obeying their leaders, many American colonials came to embrace outright rebellion against their leaders as a legitimate thing to do. In a well-written, substantial post of at least 300 words, address the following:

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Making reference to the material in your readings, provide at least two reasons that Americans at the time would have cited as justifications for their actions.

2.   
Describe how the American desire for ‘liberty’ was achieved as a result of the Revolution, and how it was not achieved.

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Week 4 | Discussion – Power Plays

Review

Review this week’s resources in preparation for the discussion.

Respond

Two famous presidents, Jefferson, and Jackson made big decisions in their presidency that increased the power of the federal government and affected the course of the nation: Jefferson in the Louisiana Purchase, and Jackson in his response to the tariff/nullification crisis. In a well-written, substantial post of at least 300 words, address the following:

1.   
Summarize the issues and long term consequences that either Jefferson or Jackson faced in his respective decision.

2.   
Evaluate whether or not you think the president made the right decision.

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Week 5 | Discussion – Party Politics

Review

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Respond

Although political parties had been in existence in America’s history since it became a nation, it was really during the era of Andrew Jackson that we see political parties become as important as they did. In a well-written, substantial post of at least 300 words, address the following:

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Using material from your reading, explain why political parties became so critical at this time.

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In what ways do you think political parties help American democracy, and in what ways do they hurt it?

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Week 6 | Discussion – Women in Society

Review

Review this week’s resources in preparation for the discussion.

Respond

The proper behavior of women became a particular concern of Americans in the mid-nineteenth century. In a well-written, substantial post of at least 300 words, address the following:

1.   
Using material from your readings, describe how society pictured the ‘ideal’ woman.

2.   
What evidence do you have that some women were not satisfied with this ideal?

3.   
Do you that think there should be ‘separate spheres’ for men and women to operate in, and why do you think this? (If you are going to use the Bible to back up your ideas, please be specific.)

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Week 7 | Discussion – Racial and Ethnic Divisions

Review

Review this week’s resources in preparation for the discussion.

Respond

This week’s readings teach us that American racial and ethnic conflicts have deep, complicated roots. In a well-written, substantial post of at least 300 words, address the following:

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Citing at least two specific examples from your readings, explain why there was such tension between whites and blacks, and native-born and new immigrants in this time period.

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Considering the fact that most Americans at this time considered themselves Bible-believing Christians, how can you account for such deep divisions in the nation?

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Week 8 | Discussion – A Christian Nation?

Review

Review this week’s resources in preparation for the discussion.

Respond

Over the course of the past several weeks, you have been introduced to many events, people, and ideas that shaped the foundation of America’s history. In a well-written, substantial post of at least 300 words, address the following:

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Focusing on one specific area (whether politics, race relations, economics, family, etc), discuss what role Christianity seemed to play in the nation’s development. Note: If you come to the conclusion that Christianity seemed to not play a role in the nation’s development, that is a legitimate position to take, too! Regardless of which argument you want to make, provide specific reasons of how you came to your conclusion.

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