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U.S. History: Topics for a Research Paper

    Louisiana Purchase

    • The Louisiana Purchase, authorized by Thomas Jefferson in 1803, was a major step toward westward expansion of the United States. The acquisition of the Louisiana territory doubled the size of the United States and was important in the development of our country as it is today. Students can research aspects of the topic, such as events leading up to the purchase, what states were a part of the United States before the purchase, what states were gained, who was sent to negotiate the purchase and the details of the Louisiana treaty.

    Revolutionary War

    • The Revolutionary War was a significant historical event in the formation of the United States. The colonies rebelled against Great Britain and declared their independence as a sovereign nation. Students can delve into the historical events that surrounded the formation of the country by researching the events leading up to the war, historical figures involved, major battles during the war, the participating nations and the results of the war. Students can also include research on George Washington, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as part of their papers.

    Civil War

    • The Civil War was a major event in the history of the United States. During the war, the country was divided in half between the Northern and Southern states. Students can write about the causes of the war, where and when the first shot was fired, which states aligned with each side and the aftermath of the war. Students can also research the lives and actions of major players in the war such as Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.

    The Great Depression

    • The Great Depression began in 1920 with the crash of the stock market and lasted until the start of World War II in 1939. It was a major event in U.S. history that affected the whole country. Students can research the events leading up to the Wall Street crash on Black Tuesday, how much money was lost, the unemployment rate and the effects that World War II had on ending the Depression. Research can be done on American citizens' standard of living after they lost everything, where they lived, what they ate and what jobs were available.

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