1) What relationships of power are featured in “Virginian Luxuries”? How are unequal power relationships reflected in Tocqueville’s distinctions between the three races? What future does Tocqueville predict for these groups of people and why? Based upon your own knowledge, how accurate do you believe Tocqueville’s observations and predictions were?
2) What relationships of power are featured in “The Discord” ? How does the Declaration of Sentiments reveal the nature of gender relationships in nineteenth-century America? Based upon your knowledge of this time period, do you agree with these sentiments, why or why not?
3) What are Abraham Lincoln’s views on the institution of slavery and notion of racial equality? Because these speeches were made on the “campaign trail,” how much do you believe these statements reflect Lincoln’s real thoughts or do you believe he is “playing politics?”
4) Based upon your knowledge of the Civil War and reading of the Reconstruction Amendments in what specific ways were the questions and crises of liberty and unequal power relationships contained in these various documents resolved or exacerbated by the 1870s?