“The long essay is a traditional essay that is typically five paragraphs long. The first paragraph should introduce the topic and state the student’s position / answer to the question. It should contain between three-five (3-5) complete sentences, including the thesis statement for the essay.
The second, third, and fourth paragraphs are the body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should contain between three-five (3-5) sentences, including the topic sentence (first sentence of the body paragraph, states a main point that supports the thesis) and at least two-three (2-3) specific examples per main point.
The fifth and final paragraph should begin with a restatement of the thesis. It should be three-five (3-5) complete sentences, and include a brief summary/conclusion of your answer to the essay question. It is essential, particularly in the survey courses, for students to provide cites and footnotes for their work in un-timed exams. Citations must adhere to the Chicago Style format but perfection is not expected.
The “militia system” for fighting wars in America worked well enough up until the War of 1812. At that time, however, it was obvious that a professional army was necessary for the future security of the country. Describe the “new” military system developed in the U.S. after the War of 1812 (and existed up to the Civil War). Be sure to include in your essay: (a) Establishment of military academies, (b) Wars to test the new system, (c) Individuals who distinguished themselves in the military from 1812 to 1860.