You will write an essay that explores the given topic, one of the two
listed below. It should be a complete essay, including an introduction, a conclusion, and
evidence paragraphs, in the traditional 5 or 6 paragraph format. Because you will have access
to your notes, I will be expecting clear and specific examples from class to support your ideas.
A) In what ways was slavery a foreign affairs issue? Did slavery itself have an international
dimension? How did it affect the growth and development of the US, especially in terms of
international relations? How did the economics of slavery affect American relations? Consider
the issue from the beginnings of slavery in the Americas, to its termination during the Civil War.
B) What do you believe was the United States major Foreign Policy goal during the period from
its independence to the Civil War? What did Americans prioritize? What did they hope to
achieve? How did they go about achieving it? What other goals do you think they also had? In
your opinion, why was the goal you chose the most important to Americans