American Studies Mid

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Part 1 (terms = 48 mins. total): choose any 4 of those 6; you will have 12 minutes per term.

Instructions:

[1] Describe the facts relating to the event/place/person/group
[2] Describe the mythical version or mythical aspects of how the story was retold in later years
[3] Tell when & why Americans (or a specific sub-group thereof) promoted the mythical version instead of the facts

Paul Revere and his “Midnight Ride” (1775; myth starting 1860)

Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen united States (popularly known as the “Declaration of Independence”, July 1776; not a myth itself; see also Trumbull’s painting “4 July 1776” at:http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/trumbull.htm]

“Molly Pitcher” (general term 1775-83; myth starting in 1850s & through 1920)

The “coldest winter” at Valley Forge (1777; myth starting during the War of 1812)

Dunmore’s & Clinton’s Proclamations (1775 & 1779; not a myth itself) vs. “patriot slaves” (myth 1780s-1960s)

Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83; not a myth itself) vs. Battle of Yorktown (1781; myth starting mid-1780s)

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RAPHAEL, PART 2 — ESSAY QUESTION (16 MINS.):

DESCRIBE BRIEFLY WHY THE UNITED STATES NEEDED TO REPLACE THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, THEN DESCRIBE IN DETAIL HOW THE CONSTITUTION (AS AMENDED WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS) SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED THESE PROBLEMS.

not too long not too short, just enough information to answer the questions thoroughly.

Book:Ray Raphael’s Founding Myths

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