The right to have rights was at the core of the revolutions in eighteenth- century France, colonial America, and eighteenth-century Haiti. Discuss with reference to any one of the following categories: a) political rights b) social rights c) economic rights
Write a 900-1000 word (3-4 double-spaced pages) essay in response to any one of the prompts below.
Note: Your essay must include at least one concrete reference on every page to the assigned readings.
1. The right to have rights was at the core of the revolutions in eighteenth- century France, colonial America, and eighteenth-century Haiti. Discuss with reference to any one of the following categories: a) political rights b) social rights c) economic rights
2. Write an essay on the history of activism and organizing to critique and end enslavement in the world.
You do not have to do original research for the exam. Drawing on the textbook, other assigned readings, and primary source material is adequate. Keep citations simple and in-text (use parentheses) when using quotes or when paraphrasing. A works-cited page is required.
• Your exam essay will be graded for argument, organization, evidence, grammar and punctuation.
• To repeat: The essay will be judged on clarity of argument (i.e. you must have a thesis that develops over the course of the essay), accuracy (speculation is not historical evidence), organization (argument should flow smoothly and not be choppy), and last but definitely not least, spelling and grammar.
• Essays should have an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
• You may craft imaginative theses but in order to be persuasive you must back up all generalizations with historical evidence.
• Treat the essay as an academic exercise and avoid overly casual phrasing or slang.
• This is a test of your grasp of content and concepts, and your ability to synthesize material already studied.