THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION
Directions: Write a well-
organized essay that includes an introduction, several
paragraphs addressing the task below, and a conclusion.
You may use any geographic feature from your study of United States history.
Some suggestions you might wish to consider include: African Americans, Asian
Americans, Native Americans, Indians, women, and persons with disabilities.
You are not limite
d to these suggestions.
Reproduced from the June 2001 United States History and Government Regents Exam
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In United States history, the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, have often
been denied to certain groups of Americans.
Identify one group from your study of United States history.
Use two historical examples to show how the group has been
denied the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Identify and discuss two efforts that have been made to help the
group attain life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Evaluate the extent to which the group has achieved equality today
: The rubric (scoring criteria) for this essay appears on the next page.