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Traditions and Encounters Book Cover
Traditions and Encounters, 2/e
Jerry H. Bentley, University of Hawai'i
Herbert F. Ziegler, University of Hawai'i

THE AMERICAS IN THE AGE OF INDEPENDENCE

Study Questions



1

How did the United States gain control over the territory from the east to the west coast in the nineteenth century?
2

What specific issues and events led to the American Civil War? What was the outcome of that conflict and what did it mean for the nation as a whole?
3

Summarize the steps by which Canada became politically united and independent of Britain. How was the government of Dominion of Canada like and unlike that of the United States?
4

What kinds of constitutions emerged in the independent republics of Latin America? Which groups held the political power?
5

How did the caudillos rise to power in Latin America? Who benefited most from their rule?
6

What factors led to La Reforma, the reform movement in Mexico? What was the ultimate outcome of this conflict?
7

Compare nineteenth-century migration patterns to North America and Latin America. Where did migrants come from in each case? What opportunities did they find in each region?
8

What factors contributed to the tremendous economic growth of the United States in the late nineteenth century? What were some of the problems generated by that economic growth?
9

Compare the economic development of Canada with that of Latin America. Neither became an economic powerhouse like the United States. What are the similarities and differences?
10

Note the political and economic status of each of the following groups in the United States in the late nineteenth century: native Americans, African-Americans, women, and foreign-born immigrants.
11

What have been the central ethnic conflicts in Canadian history?
12

Summarize the political and cultural conflict between city and pampas in Argentina.