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Your response should be about one page – but do not let it exceed two pages. It should be double spaced, with one-inch margins and a 12 point font. It should include a clear thesis and a set of arguments that responds to the questions below. Since you will be referring to more than one document in your essay, please carefully indicate which document you are referring to in your writing and use quotation marks when necessary. Do not worry about footnote or citation formatting, but you do need to indicate sources. You do not need a separate source page.
Responses will be graded according to the following criteria:
Is the response written in essay form, with a thesis, a set of paragraphs that each address a distinct argument in support of the thesis, and a conclusion? (3 points)
Does the response address all the questions posed? (2 points)
Does the response demonstrate that the student has done a close and careful reading of the text? (1 point)
Does the response demonstrate a concerted effort to think about the significance of the text and its relationship to course topics and other texts? (2 points)
Does the response make sense? Are the ideas within it clearly communicated? (2 points)
Questions to be answered:
Please develop a thesis statement for your essay that responds to the following question: Why is this document significant for understanding how the market revolution shaped society?
What does Robinson’s document tell us that “An Account at Lowell” does not?
How did the market revolution affect women’s lives during the time period?
How does the statement help us to understand social changes that resulted from market revolution and were discussed in lecture – you should refer to at least two topics (e.g. Second Great Awakening, women’s rights, women’s roles, common schooling).
BONUS (for ½ point extra credit) — An “Account at Lowell,” written in 1836, also describes textile mills in the Northeast. Why might Robinson’s statement be considered a more trustworthy source than “An Account at Lowell?” What does Robinson tell us that the “Account at Lowell” does not? Why might “An Account at Lowell” be considered more trustworthy than Robinson’s?
Please answer the following question separately from the essay – include it at the end of the essay as a separate answer. There are no right or wrong answers to this question so do not worry about how it might affect your grade:Please pose at least one discussion question about this reading. If you were leading a class discussion, what do you think would be important to talk about with regard to Robinson’s statement,“Early Factory Labor in New England?