Select a community in whats now the USA and study its evolution and traits. Use both graphics and text to follow its evolution (not beyond 1940) and discuss its social composition, local economy, cultural texture, urban and natural geography (building types and functions, the physical landscape and climate).
You can choose any community located in what’s now the USA; this means it can include places like Jamestown or Plymouth (founded by the English), Santa Fe (established when Spain controlled what’s now the US Southwest), New Orleans (created when France possessed much of North America’s interior), or Cahokia (one of the few stable Native American cities on the continent). You can also study places founded by Americans, like Gold Rush towns in California or Virginia City, Nevada. These are by no means your only choices; if you’re unsure about what place to choose, please contact me and I’ll gladly provide suggestions.
A template is provided below, so that theres a clear sense of structure and expectations. Each of the elements included should be addressed, with 50-75 words per element.
1. Founding: Discuss the communitys founding. Who founded it and why? What obstacles or conditions hindered its founding and early survival?
2. Economy: By what means did this community sustain itself farming, trade/commerce, manufacturing, shipping, mining, etc.?
3. Landscape: What was the place like physically? Were the buildings densely-packed or widely spaced, and were they particularly large or noteworthy? Also, how was the surrounding land itself used, if at all?
4. Government: What kind of government existed there? Was it self-governed or under direct colonial authority? Also, was there any kind of legislature, and who was allowed to participate in the political process?
5. Social Structure: Was there a clear sense of hierarchy and social structure? Who ranked at the top and the bottom, who dominated local life, and how much liberty and agency did ordinary people have?
6. Religion: Did organized religion play a dominant role in this community, and how so? If religion wasnt so important, why not?
7. Cultural Traits and Practices: How did the communitys people dress, eat, and clothe and entertain themselves? Did this communitys culture differ sharply from others in its time and place?
8. Cultural Traits and Practices: Continued.
9. Boom or Bust? Did this community thrive and become a viable community, or was it abandoned? If it declined, why?
10. Significance: Ultimately, what makes this community noteworthy in the nations history?