How to Write a Reflection Paper For reflection papers, please know th

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How to Write a Reflection Paper
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For reflection papers, please know that you are not just summarizing. Summarization is not the goal of students in higher education.
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Why? Because it does not push our understanding forward. If we all were just going to re-write the book, we could just read the book.
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In your reflection papers you will be arriving at your own conclusions, telling us what is the significance, how has what you are reading affected the world overall in the past or even today, or what lessons one may apply to our lives based on what we are learning. In other words, you are answering the question for your audience, or readership who happens to be me for the reflection papers, why do we care about this content?
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Of course, you will have to summarize some, we summarize the content because we are talking about the content. But by itself, that useless. My point is that our end goal is not summarization, that is just the tool we use to arrive our at goal, which is making inferences (conclusions) and analysis. Tell us why we care.
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I write quite a bit in each module to assist in this endeavor, offering some prompts to lead in you in the right direction. But as long as you put in the effort and arrive a on conclusion regarding the material, we are on the right tract.
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Reflection Paper 4 (Chapter 7) instructions:
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An Independent Texas 1836-1845
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Any newly independent country faces various challenges. The inevitable hurdles in this context are exponentially increased when dealing with various factions with differing ideologies and visions for the country.
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Nevertheless, the newly independent nation of Texas would be a republic, a precedent set by Mexico and even more heavily influenced by the U.S. It would have an executive, legislative branch, and judicial system. Its citizenry would vote for their representatives and ratified a constitution. This is the very definition of a republic, rather than a pure democracy, as individuals often incorrectly refer to the United States.
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(The U.S. is and Texas was a republic with democratic ideals, not a democracy. Thus, you don’t go to Washington to vote on every issue, rather you vote for representatives to do so and a majority (as well as elected officials) have to work within the limits of the Constitution/Bill of Rights, etc.)
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Still, forming a government is only half the challenge, implementing it in an effective way for the betterment of society is very different challenge, one that Texas would find daunting until its annexation. This is the very reason many, such as the President Houston (elected in 1836), called for annexation into the U.S. virtually immediately after the Texas Revolution.
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A ballot allowed the citizenry of Texas to vote on the issue, which they approved in 1836. Unfortunately for Texians, President Andrew Jackson was hesitant at that point and many northern anti-slavery factions were opposed as Texas would (and eventually did) come in as a slave state. Hence, many in the U.S. opposed annexation simply on this fundamental basis.
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If you would please tell me, despite the system of government now in place, what were some of the major challenges facing this new nation in its early years beginning in 1836. (Hint: Santa Anna and the Mexican Congress, debt, and a lack of economic stability, etc).
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Cultural Challenges
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The unique history of Texas meant that diversity would come to define the region. Consider how truly diverse the area had become by the mid 19th century and how much more it developed in that regard. It was an amazing converging point of Indigenous People’s, Anglos, Tejanos. By 1836 Indians made up between 10,000-15,000, Anglos around 30,000 and Tejanos around 3,500 of the population. As a result of the growing number of individuals, conflict would ensue.
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Unlike the cooperation seen during the Texas Revolution, racial tensions would become prevalent, as many Americans, as well as Texians, would see the Tejano population as simply part of the Mexican faction they had just fought. Thus, Tejanos would be marginalized in the government and often their land as well as livestock was a target for white settlers who saw them as the enemy. Perhaps the best example was Juan Seguin, who fought on the side of Texas Independence and was elected mayor of San Antonio, twice following the conflict. Sequin stated that he had become, “a foreigner in my own country”.
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Conflict with Comanches and other indigenous peoples had continued to be an issue. The 1840 Council House Massacre led to more raids by the Penatekas, Comanches all the way to Lavaca Bay. This in turn led to several battles, such as at Plum Creek and another on the upper Colorado. A temporary improvement to the conflict with the Comanche would follow.
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In 1844 Houston’s representatives signed the Treaty of Tehuacana Creek, with Caddo, Tonkawa, and other allies. Comanches would find new ranches to raid in the northern part of Mexico (something the Texians encouraged) and resulted in an agreement.
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Nevertheless, in terms of culture, one sees that the historical events of the early to mid 19th century had a significant influence on the interaction between the different groups. It is a perfect example of how heightened emotions as a result of a context full of conflict can lead to a lack of good judgment.
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Annexation
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Texas would be annexed into the United States as the twenty ninth state (a slave state) on Dec 29, 1845. It would be a solution for Texas that would aid them in solving many of the issues they saw as an independent nation. New challenges would arise for the state of Texas. Still, it took quite a bit of political maneuvering to achieve entry into the Union. The pro-slave and anti-slave factions was one of the most daunting political contexts in the way to this achievement. If you would, please describe a detailed account of the ongoing developments in Texas from 1841 and how annexation finally came to fruition.
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3 paragraphs min. Please refer to the syllabus for further requirements for all reflection papers
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The ONLY source you can use to get any information it will be an ebook that I will provide for you to get all the details of the website so you can get access to it. You will have to read chapter 7.
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