Essay 1, due February 1: In an essay of about 1,500-2,000 words (5-7 pages), answer ONE of the following questions: 1. Compare the lives of the working-class, middle-class and upper-class individuals whose autobiographies we sampled in week 2. In what ways were they different, and similar? 2. John Merriman's Red City describes a whole series of trends and developments at work in the late 19th and early 20th century to transform one small French city. In your opinion, what were the two MOST important of those trends? Why are those two so important? 3. In our readings for week 3 a whole range of late nineteenth-century thinkers (Marx and Engels, Bernstein, Treitschke, Leo XIII, Spencer) offer their prescriptions for how society should be organized, and for what the relationship between state and society should be. Compare and contrast THREE of these views. 4. What are the central arguments of those opposed to women's suffrage and those who supported it, in our readings for week 4 (Becker, Billington, Ward, Wright)? 5. What kind of social order does Edgar Rice Burroughs seem to support, or at least like?
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