In this analytical, expository essay, you will explore a person or time period in American history prior to Reconstruction. In addition to discussing the historical background of your topic, you will also explore a seminal piece of writing that relates to your time period, or that your person of interest wrote. In so doing, you should explain how this text "got things done," or "made things happen." Finally, you will discuss the impact this person or event had on America, and how this still resonates in our country today.