Final Exam

For the exam, you will write an essay that examines the historiography of the Early American Republic utilizing both course readings and three articles from the Journal of the Early Republic as identified from our group analysis of the journal.

To begin, select one topic from the JER spreadsheet about which you are interested in reading further and which you can relate to course readings (see requirements below). For that topic, you should then select three articles that come from three different years and span at a minimum ten years of the journal. Your essay will then examine the topic you’ve selected and the development of arguments over time in the context of the three articles and course readings.

As you write, you should consider some of the following questions:

  • What is the argument of each essay?
  • How does each essay approach the topic you’ve selected?
    • What methodologies and sources does the author use?
    • What related topics does the author bring into his/her argument?
  • Are there trends in how the scholars approach the topic over time? If so, what are they and how do their approaches change?


  • Submit your essay via by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Save the file as your last name (e.g., Adelman.docx).
  • Your essay should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words, not including footnotes.
  • You should use the Chicago Manual of Style for all formatting, including citations.
  • Your essay should reference at least three secondary readings and at least one primary source.
  • You may not conduct any outside research for this assignment other than the selected JER articles.
  • No late papers will be accepted, and any extensions or other extenuating circumstances will be considered in accordance with the University’s final exam makeup policy.
  • As with other assignments, you must complete this work on your own so that it reflects your thinking and effort. You may ask someone to proofread your paper.