The purpose of this essay is not for you to just provide a “laundry list” of facts, but for you to pursue some analysis into the events that have shaped American history - that is you must explain WHY things happen. This is a formal essay. I will be looking for a central thesis in your introduction, which you then develop in the multi-paragraph body of your paper. You must also have a formal conclusion that restates and summarizes your key points. The rubric below provides additional guidance, and as always you can ask me if you have questions. THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH PAPER - use only your textbook and lecture notes to complete this assignment. If you use material from the textbook, please use the following citation in the body of the essay: (OpenStax, p. xxx). There is no need to cite lecture material. If I find that you used outside sources or material from the internet there will be a minimum 20-point penalty. Finally, plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment.