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American Policy of Containment Post-WW2

The end of World War II brought about for many Americans an intense desire to return to normal life. It also brought about the confrontation with the Soviet Union and the beginning of the "Cold" war How did containment shape American actions abroad for almost half a century? Where and how did we practice the policy of cont

Production and Output in WWII

How did the United States "gear up" their production and output so much for WWII? I ask that you explain this by using the Production Possibilities Curve, addressing in particular the changes in output and in labor force participation (including the new women workers).

Experiences of The Great Depression

Please explain how the experiences of the U.S. in the Great Depression and in WWII demonstrate the importance of aggregate spending (Keynesian theory) as the primary engine of post-WWII.

Roosevelt and World War II

Discuss the various challenges faced by Franklin D. Roosevelt leading up to World War II. Though many efforts were made to keep us out of the war, many more led to intervention. How did Roosevelt attempt to balance American isolationism with the increasingly ominous international scene of the late 1930s? What domestic and

Motivational Factors in Authorizing Atomic Bombs

World War II changed the U.S. as a nation, economically, socially and politically. The ultimate resolution of the war was the use of the atom bomb and the dawn of the nuclear age. What factors likely motivated President Truman to authorize the use of atomic bombs against Japan in August 1945?

The New Deal and ending the Great Depression

The impact of the New Deal's success or failure in ending the Great Depression. To what extent was the New Deal successful in solving the economic crisis of the Great Depression?

Effects of industrialization

Industrialization provided numerous side effects for urban areas, such as a need for improved infrastructure, chlorinated water, fire safety systems, and so on. It also created ethnic neighborhoods, the rise of tenements and slums, labor unions, and the need for social support systems (typically provided by private, not public,

Woodrow Wilson in Germany

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson set forth the nation's war goals to help the allies fight against Germany. Reflect on your reading this week and the road to our involvement in World War I. What chain of events finally moved President Wilson to ask Congress for a declaration of war against Germany?

English And French Colonial Empires

As both England and France solidified their colonial empires, contact with the natives was inevitable. However, each group treated natives differently. Compare and contrast the native relations of each group. Which group created a strong alliance with natives and why?

U.S. Constitution and Economic Development

Please describe and explain five features (requirements) of the U.S. Constitution that aided future economic development. Also, explain the "fee-rider" problem that existed under the Articles of Confederation and how the Constitution resolved that problem.

Manufacturing After The American Revolution

Please describe the changes that took place in the manufacturing world after the American Revolution and explain how these changes were possible. Additionally, address the issue of factor proportions in your response.

Union Policy Towards Slavery

In 1860, the institution of slavery was firmly entrenched in the United States; by 1865, it was dead. How did this happen? How did the Union policy towards slavery and enslaved people change over the course of the war? Why did it change?

Mercantilism and King James

What was mercantilism? Why did the logic of mercantilist ideas encourage King James to grant a charter to the Virginia Company?

Historical Analysis of the Consequences of U.S. Expansion

What themes emerged in the U.S. prior to Woodrow Wilson's presidency? What are some of the motivations and consequences of expansion that led us into involvement with other nations? What U.S. interests fueled the idea that the United States should intervene in the Cuban war? How did they promote their cause?

A Discussion On US Foreign Policy And Expansionism

By the beginning of the 20th century the U.S. began to expand its involvement in world affairs. Goldman et. al (2010) states this reflected a traditional but often misguided sense of humanitarianism and mission toward U.S. concepts. Discuss the reasons behind the new expansionism that characterized US foreign policy in the 18

Reconstruction Era

In the immediate years following Reconstruction, most people viewed it as a failure. In recent decades, many historians have begun to reconsider this statement. Examine the social and political events that occurred during this time period. Then, identify and discuss an event that occurred during this time period and its immediat

The election of 1896 and an inefficient congress

The late nineteenth-century brought about many changes politically, economically and socially in America. Goldfield, et. al. (2010) state that a weakened presidency and inefficient Congress hampered the government's ability to resolve many issues. Question: Why is the election of 1896 considered a watershed in American polit

Research Paper Help

Understanding history can be more difficult than many people imagine. Historians concern themselves not only with what happened but with why it happened. They analyze and assess a variety of sources, including primary sources (ones created during the time period the historian is examining) and secondary sources (ones written by

Progressivism and the Presidential Election of 1912

The presidential election of 1912 was the most Progressive in US history, with the two frontrunners, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, both espousing Progressive philosophies. Although both Wilson and Roosevelt were Progressive, their attitudes toward Progressivism differed, at least in theory. I need to write a paper that

History Questions: Elements of the Slave Community

1. Family and religion were the two major elements of the slave community. Describe the function each played in the community, and determine if either or both weakened or strengthened the institution of slavery. Thoroughly support your reasoning with specific details from the text. 2. Outline the events that led to Marbury