Students should be able to appraise the choices, actions, and consequences of ethical decision making in a historical context.

Skills: The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course and in professional life beyond school:

Consider the aspects of making an ethical decision as applied to business or life situations

Knowledge: This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following important content knowledge in this discipline:

The conflict over property and water rights in the American west
The challenges faced by Mexican citizens becoming American citizens through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Prompt: Were the White Caps (Los Gorras Blancos) choices and actions ethical? Support your answer by referencing the definition of an ethical decision, as well as specific historical evidence.

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 effectively appraise the decision-making you should:

Explain the history of the Las Vegas community land grant as part of Mexico and the U.S.
Explain how American and European landowners were changing the geographic and economic landscape
Explain the legal rights of the Neomexicano inheritors of the land grant and determine if they were being violated
Explore the motives and actions of the White Caps
Explain the local community response to the White Caps and the effects of their actions
Justify your answer using specific evidence from the definition of an ethical decision, paired with specific historical evidence from the previous discussion.
The assignment should be multiple paragraphs (4-5) in length to address the necessary points
The assignment should reference sources provided on the White Caps
The assignment should utilize proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar
Please see attached rubric for specific information on how the assignment will be graded.