Write a 500 word essay based on one of the writing prompts below, citing the Hine & Faragher text at least 5 times. Your citation should come from a broad range of pages within Hine & Faragher, not merely one or two pages near each other.

Choose one person from this lesson’s readings. Discuss this person’s impact on the period and regions covered in this lesson. Think about the decisions and actions this person took. Examine the reasons and motives behind those decisions and actions, and the effect this person had on this period and the following periods.

  • For example, someone like John Muir or Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) had lasting impact on the West – an impact that actually grew much larger after their lifetimes. Sometimes the impact was not so much in terms of effecting change or passing laws; sometimes it was in terms of shaping the image of a place, supporting an ethos or an idealized view of a time or a place. If you run across someone who interests you in this lesson’s readings, take a look in the index. Chances are high that you will find more on this person elsewhere in the textbook. It is only necessary to explore their impact on the period and regions covered in this lesson’s readings, but you are more than welcome to extend your discussion beyond that. Think about what drove this person to act as s/he did.

As you write, think in terms of cause and effect, explaining why things happened as they did. Why did people do what they did?

Make an argument and back it up with evidence. You may use the primary sources to bolster your essay. Just be sure that at least 5 of your citations come from a broad range of pages from Hine & Faragher.

Citation: Use of evidence from Hine & Faragher is worth up to 40% of the score. Citation can be simple parenthetical citations. I simply need to be able to find what you are citing. For example, the following provide the textbook’s author and the page number. This is sufficient:

  • (Hine & Faragher, 16)
  • (Hine & Faragher, 25)

If you are citing outside sources that I have not assigned, please provide a link at the bottom of the page, along with a title that matches the citation. And cite only credible websites. For a quick reference to determining site credibility, see:


  • 500 words
  • Cite the Hine & Faragher text at least 5 times.
  • Cite from a broad range of pagesin Hine & Faragher, not from only a few of pages right next to each other.
  • Connect events, movements, innovations, etc. by showing cause and effect,explaining why people did what they did.

Robert Hine and John Mack Faragher, The American West: A New Interpretive History. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000). ISBN: 978-0300078350.

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