Imagine the date is July 4th, 1896. The nation is celebrating its 120th birthday. People throughout the United States are making speeches. Imagine that you are one of these three characters:
Nate Shaw, a Black sharecropper from Georgia,
Ben McDonald, a farmer from Nebraska who is a member of the Populist Party,
Ivan Stoyanvich, a steelworker and a radical labor organizer who immigrated from Poland (who is really smart and speaks English pretty well.)
Congratulations! Your character has been chosen to deliver a Fourth of July speech on America, a Golden Land of Opportunity for Everyone. Your paper should be in the form of a speech. Your speech must be sincere. You need to discuss both the life experiences of your character as well as the visions they might have for their future and the future of the country.