Between 1865 and 1935 there was a lot of public discussion about what government should do. Some argued that government should promote a more just society. Others felt it should promote economic development whether or not it was just. Below are some examples of what the federal government did:
During Reconstruction the federal government supported formerly enslaved people as they became citizens and then abandoned them to white supremacists as Jim Crow was established.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the federal government claimed First Nations’ land in the West and make some of it into national parks.
In 1894 the federal government got involved in the Pullman Strike to support the Pullman company against its workers, represented by the American Railway Union. The federal government helped break the strike and the workers lost.
In 1934 the National Mediation Board (an agency of the federal government) held an election for the Pullman Porters to select a union to represent them. The workers selected the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters over the union organized by the railroad companies.
Select two of these examples as topics for short essays (2 separate essays, 2-3 pages each). If there was a reading relevant to your topic, you must use it as evidence in your essay. If you use anything else for further information please cite it in MLA format. Quotes can be cited in AP format.
Each essay should have a clear thesis (or point of view) that assesses the government’s role in that particular situation. Argue whether the government is promoting a more just society, economic development without regard to justice, or neither.