Asian Americans in the U.S.

Historical and Political Process Essay Assignment Your essay should be four to five typewritten pages, 1,000 – 1,250 words in length, one inch margins, double-spaced with 12 point font, Times New Roman or Courier New. No outside research is required, but you must utilize the assigned readings from Created Equal and Struggle for Democracy and other course readings, when relevant, in developing your essay. The essay is to be analytical, accurate, documented and reflective of in-class assignments and reading assignments. Please utilize office hours for feedback on drafts of essays. Additional assistance is also available at the Peer Connections, http://peerconnections.sjsu.edu/ (924-2587).

For an essay that is turned in late, there will be a penalty of five points per day (counting weekends). An exception to the penalty requires an official notice from a doctor, court officer, or other official. Choose one of the following topics:

1. Compare and contrast the social, economic, and political factors that led to conditions of equality or inequality for European Americans and Native Americans using examples from the 1780s to the 1840s. In addition, apply the concepts of racial formation and settler colonialism in explaining the formation of racial, class, and gender hierarchies that defined the social, economic, and political privileges and rights of European Americans and Native Americans during this period. How did European Americans and Native Americans empower themselves to challenge the racial, class, or gender hierarchies formed during this period?

2. Compare and contrast the social, economic, and political factors that led to conditions of equality or inequality for African Americans and European Americans using examples from the 1780s to the 1840s. In addition, apply the concepts of racial formation and settler colonialism in explaining the formation of racial, class, and gender hierarchies that defined the social, economic, and political privileges and rights of African Americans and European Americans during this period. How did African Americans and European Americans empower themselves to challenge the racial, class, or gender hierarchies formed during this period?

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