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Bill of Rights and Amendments

- How and why do amendments become part of the Constitution? - What problems with the original document motivated the adoption of the Bill of Rights? - What have been the effects of the Bill of Rights? - What problems with the original document, or changes in society, led to later amendments? Choose one of the following

Radio and Automobiles: Changes in American Society

How did the development of the radio and the mass production of automobiles alter and change American society? Compare and contrast the high and low points of the 1920's, industrially and economically.

What caused and ended the Great Depression?

What caused of the Great Depression. What programs, initiated by the Roosevelt administration, were designed to put Americans back to work and end the Great Depression? What programs, if any, that were successful in ending the Great Depression. It is clear that at some point the Great Depression did end; document when it ended a

Assimilation of Native Americans and Results

Assimilation of Native Americans is an important issue in the history of United States. It describes how the Federal government and land hungry whites tried to assimilate Native Americans into the mainstream of American life. Look into the course of assimilation and its results. The Dawes Act of 1877 was passed to reform and civ

Describe assimilation as it relates to 19th century immigrants

Analyze, explain and describe what assimilation is and why it was important to the newly arrived immigrants. Also explain and describe the factors that enabled immigrants to assimilate into American society. Also discuss and explain where most immigrants came from during the 19th Century. Finally, discuss, explain and d

Marshall Plan

George C. Marshall, the Secretary of State, presented The Marshall Plan, also Known as the European Recovery Plan (ERP), at Harvard University on June 5, 1947. The main objective of the plan was to provide European countries substantial economic aid in order to prevent the collapse of their governments before the Soviets. Wha

Partition of India

What were the key events that lead to the Partition of India in 1944? Additionally, evalute the relative success of the partition.

9/11 Interpretations and Outcomes

Chapter 28 - 1) What really happened in NYC on September 11, 2001? Do we really know? 2) Many Americans when asking why 9/11 happened were told by the government that radical Islamists hate our freedom. What does US policy in the Mideast have to do with radical Islam? 3) Could the airplanes make the Twin Towers collap

War on Terrorism

1) What is the War on Terrorism? 2) What events historically led up to it? How far back could/should we go? 3) Both major parties say of terrorists that "they hate us for our freedom". How likely is this as being true? Is there any evidence to support that stance? Who are they (Al Qaeda)? 4) Are there other reasons for

Inequality in America: The Civil Rights Era

1) What was the role of government in the Civil Rights Era? 2) What were the main programs of JFK and LBJ that addressed inequality in America and what was meant by the Great Society? Which programs were successful? Which ones failed and why? 3) What were the historical roots of this period? 4) What makes this period

Settling the Great Plains

Give an explanation as to why the Great Plains were settled in the 1800's. List the government initiatives, as well as the difficulties which were present in living on the Great Plains. How did changes in technology benefit the settlers?

Retaining Cultural Characteristics

Many Europeans settled the Great Plains in the 1860s and 1870s. However, these settlers often went to great lengths to preserve their native culture within their communities. What methods did they use to retain their cultural characteristics?

National Security Roots: The Cold War

I have some questions about Foner's Chapter 23 and Kinzer's book "Overthrow". 1) What effect did the Cold War have on American culture? What about effects with regard to anti-communism? 2) How did the sentiment of a national security state created along with the CIA and House Committee on Un-American Activities' (HUAC) Bl

President Eisenhower's Influence

I have some questions: 1) America in the 1950's is referred to as "The Affluent Society." What does that mean specifically? 2) Who was excluded from this "promise" of success in America and how do the issues of race, gender, and class play out here? 3) How is this seen across what's called the "consumer culture," in the r

The Great Depression and the New Deal

More questions regarding Foner's text and his meanings in Chapter 21, as well as Zinn's book Chapter 4. 1) FDR's response to the Great Depression was called the New Deal, but what did this mean, according to Foner and Zinn, and how was it a shift away from traditional American politics? 2) What were the major problems with

The Birth of Civil Liberties

I have some questions. 1) What does Foner mean by "The Birth of Civil Liberties" in his book? For whom and in what context? I am looking for specific cases, like the Palmer Raids. 2) What are the parallels to the present in terms of civil liberties and crackdowns post 9/11? Where are they and are they constitutionally jus

The Treaty of Versailles and The Fourteen Points

Was the Treaty of Versailles (1919) a radical departure from President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points? What problems faced the design of the Treaty of Versailles? Why did the United States' Senate refuse to ratify the Treaty of Versailles?

Nixon's Actions Travel Changes

1. In regards to Nixon's actions, do you feel his actions were out of line compared to other presidents? Or do you think he just had the bad luck of getting caught? 2. Will we ever know what was on the missing part of the tape (infamous missing 18 minutes)? In regards to Nixon's actions, do you feel his actions were out of

Populist Party

Describe and evaluate the reasons for the rapid rise and fall of the Populist Party. What strengths and weaknesses did the party exhibit? What is the overall significance of the Populist Party?

Carl Jensen's work and thesis

I am looking for help from someone who read Carl Jensen's book and understands it well. 1) What is the background of the author and how is it relevant to the understanding the purpose of the book? 2) What is the thesis of the book? How successful is the author of getting his point across to the reader and does he really pr

American Middle Class

What led to the emergence of an American middle class? How did the structure and nature of the family change with this emergence?

A Timeline of Significant Events of the Roaring 20s

The 1920s were a decade of great prosperity for a great many people even though it was capped on both ends by very dark events. when selecting events so that you do not choose events that span several years as you need a unique event for each year. The info you will select for each year needs to be fully detailed so that the rea

The Melting Pot

Imagine you are immigrating to the United States in the early 1900s. For each stage of immigration listed, (Passage, Arrival, Ethnic Neighbourhoods, and Citizenship) list one thing that you as an immigrant to the United States would be looking forward to and one thing that you would be afraid of when coming to this new country.

Roosevelt's New Deal

How did Roosevelt's New Deal (1932-1944) bring about social, economic, and political change in U.S. Society following the Great Depression?

The Monroe Doctrine

What was the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine enacted in 1823? What events in the European political atmosphere led to its creation? Which were the main points of the Monroe Doctrine?

Thomas Jefferson

What were some of Thomas Jefferson's accomplishments? What is meant by the term "Jeffersonian" ? How did Thomas Jefferson's own beliefs compare with what we know today as Jeffersonian ideals?