Chapter 6 CTA Essay

CTA Chapter 6


Due no later than Oct. 17 by 11:59 pm.


This CTA is based on Chapter 6 Documents # 4-8 and 10, Todd Smith’s Essays # 2: Mirabeau Lamar’s Policy Towards the Indians in East Texas, and Andre Tijerina’s Essay # 3: The Trans-Nueces in Conflict, and the video clip at the end of Chapter 6, Juan Cortina, the Robin Hood of the Rio Grande Valley.  


This paper is due and should be submitted in canvas no later than Oct. 17 by 11:59 pm. Your paper should be double spaced with a font no smaller than 12. This assignment should be between 2- 3 pages long. Apply punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and CAPITALIZATION rules.


You have nine sources to choose from; use a minimum of four of these sources (with internal citations). You must use either Essay # 2 or Essay #3 as your major source. That means you need several internal citations from your major source demonstrating you have read and analyzed the information.    


This CTA will require you to compare, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from more than one source so that you can reach a conclusion about this particular topic.   The topic for this assignment deals with the challenges and confrontations experienced by Anglo Texans, Tejanos, and native Indians in their relationships with each other during the Republic Era in Texas History and in the years following the Mexican War.                            


As with all written assignments, you need an introductory paragraph with a minimum of four sentences. The first sentence is a hook, the second is background information, the third is a brief statement of what you will be discussing, and the fourth is an underlined thesis statement. Your thesis statement should refer directly to the prompt, and for this class, it should be the last sentence in a well-developed introductory paragraph.


Following the introduction, you need one-three body paragraphs.  Use transitions as you move from paragraph to paragraph and within the body paragraphs as needed. Do not use firstly, secondly, etc. as transitions. Review the powerpoint Communication and Writing in History.


Your last paragraph is you conclusion. This is where you can sum up your paper’s arguments; you might reword your thesis.  Do not begin your conclusion with “In conclusion.”


Do not use sources other than the assigned sources: your text: Chapter 6 Documents 4-8 & 10, Essays # 2 & # 3., and the video clip concerning Juan Cortina.  You may also use information from the powerpoint for Chapter 6, but no additional sources. Use a minimum of four of these sources. The powerpoint does NOT count as a source.


You must use internal citations from each of the sources you use.  Examples of internal citations: (Haynes, Chapt. 6, Doct. # 4, p. 160), (Haynes, Chapt. 6, Doct. # 7, p. 167), (Haynes, Chapt. 6, Essay # 2, p. 182), (Chapt. 6 PP, Slide # 41), (Video: Juan Cortina) Do NOT use other forms of internal citations. Do NOT use other sources.


Juan Cortina – The Robin Hood of the Rio Grande Valley – YouTubeLinks to an external site.






As an independent republic and in the years following the Mexican War (historical context), Anglo Texans, Tejanos, and native Indians experienced challenges and confrontations in their relationships. Discuss/analyze these relationships with their challenges, confrontations, and resolutions. Depending on the perspective of the participant or observer, the Tejanos and Indians might be perceived/portrayed as victims, as pawns who were manipulated for the Anglo Texans’ benefit, as misunderstood, as being untrustworthy, or, in the case of the Indians, as savages.


As part of your analysis, you will be expected to appraise the choices, actions, and consequences of ethical decision-making.


An ethical decision is one that engenders trust and thus indicates responsibility, fairness, and caring to an individual. To be ethical, one has to demonstrate respect and responsibility.   Ethical decision-making requires a review of different options, eliminating those with an unethical standpoint, and then choosing the best ethical alternative.


To what extent were the confrontations inevitable, and to what extent could they have been avoided? Were ethics considered? Were there alternative choices? You may(not required) include a reference to your personal ethical beliefs. In other words, what conclusions can you reach concerning ethical behavior on the part of Texans, Tejanos, and native Indians as they addressed confrontations and challenges?

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