Read all of the secondary sources and one of the primary sources from the 17th and 18th-century list, and one of the primary sources from the 19-century list. Write an essay in which you develop an argument about what your analysis of the primary sources you chose allows you to understand about class in the 17th – 19th centuries in the colonies and the Early Republic. As part of your argument, explain how your analysis of the primary sources you chose adds to or challenges the information and ideas about class in the secondary sources. Cite all your sources (primary and secondary) using APA style at the end of the essay.
Social classes in the colonies. Boundless US history. Retrieved from
From the American Yawp: “Consumption and Trade in the British Atlantic,” “Shay’s Rebellion,” and “Hamilton’s Financial System.” (Citation: Locke, J. and Wright, B. (2017). The American yawp. Retrieved from
Anbinder, T. (2017). Today’s banned immigrants are no different from our immigrant ancestors. AHA today. Retrieved from (Also available as a PDF attachment under Secondary and Primary Source Readings).
From the American Yawp: “Market revolution,” “Capital and labor,” and “Immigration and urbanization.” (Citation: Locke, J. and Wright, B. (2017). The American yawp. Retrieved from
17th and 18th Century Primary Sources (Select One)
Feke, R. (1741). Royall Family. [Painting]. Retrieved from
Frethorne, R. (1623). Richard Frethorne to his father and mother, March 20-April 3, 1762. [Letter]. Retrieved from
Lucas, E. (1740-1741). Eliza Lucas to a friend, May 2, 1740, Eliza Lucas to her father, June 4, 1871. [Letters]. Retrieved from
(1651). Sumptuary Laws. [Law]. Retrieved from
(1787). Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck. (Relief Cut on Paper). Retrieved from
19th Century Primary Sources (Select One)
Anderson, J. (Aug. 7, 1865). Jourdon Anderson Writes to His Former Master. (Letter). Retrieved from
Assing, N. (1852). Chinese Immigrants in Gold Rush California. (Letter). Retrieved from
Carnegie, A. (1889). Wealth. North American Review, 148. Retrieved from
Curtis, J. and Curtis, J. to Curtis, B. (July 21, 1845). (Letter). Retrieved from (For context about the letter, see this brief introduction–
Riis, J. How the Other Half Lives. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. Retrieved from
Robinson, H. (1898). Loom and Spindle :or, Life Among the Early Mill Girls. Retrieved from
Tremont Mills Proprietors. (1830). Regulations To Be Observed by All Persons Employed by the Proprietors of the Tremont Mills. (Broadside). Retrieved from
(1883). Tournament of Today-A Set-To Between Capitol and Labor. [Print]. Retrieved from

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