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Lone Nut Project

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Lone Nut Project

Topic: Religious and Social Movements of the Early 1800s


Leadership and movements have to start somewhere.  A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous, like the lone guy dancing.  Next comes a follower that publicly shows everyone how to follow.  The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.  As more followers join it is a turning point: its proof that it's not a lone nut, and it's not two nuts. As more people jump in, it's no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there's no reason not to join now. They won't be ridiculed, they won't stand out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry. Over the next minute you'll see the rest who prefer to be part of the crowd, because eventually they'd be ridiculed for not joining. That is how a movement is made!


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You and a partner will be researching a religious or social movement of the early 1800s and presenting this information to the class.  For the movement you choose you need to find out who the “lone nut” of the movement was, who the first follower was and how the idea transformed into a social movement.

You can choose any of the following, or choose a movement of your own, just clear it with Ms. McDonald first.

American Colonization Society


Seneca Falls Convention                    

Public Education Reform                   

Prison Reform                        

Cult of Domesticity                            


Any of the Utopian Communities


Hudson River Art School                    

Second Great Awakening     




The finished product will be a 5-minute partner presentation to the class, and an individual 2-page paper, about your topic.

In the presentation you must:


  •       Using PowerPoint, iMovie, slideshow, etc. present the history of the social movement you have been assigned, lone nut, and followers.  Focus on how successful the social movement was and how it impacted America.  


  •       Research and present primary sources for your social movement/lone nut.  You should use the person’s own words to describe the history as much as possible.


  •       Each group member must write a two-page paper, double spaced on your topic.


The goal of this Presentation is for you and the class to see how history shapes our country’s past, present and future.


Excellent websites to research eyewitness accounts of history:





All documents, presentations and papers must include a bibliography.  MLA style citation is best, you can use this website to help you create an excellent and easy bibliography: http://easybib.com/



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