What were the causes and effects of new immigration during the Gilded Age? Why did it result in a surge in nativism?
Explain how the Gilded Age fostered the consolidation of business, the government, and disadvantaged economic and social classes.
What strategies enabled big business to eliminate competition and limit the power of labor unions?
Give examples of how the Progressive movement partially succeeded in improving life for average Americans by curbing big business, making the government more responsive to the will of the people, and enacting social welfare legislation.
Rank the Presidents/Parties in order from Most to Least Progressive. Explain each of your rankings with specific evidence.
What were the most successful Progressive reforms? What were the limitations of the Progressive movement?
Unit 2 – Imperialism and Isolationism
Trace how the United States became increasingly active and aggressive in world affairs from 1890 to 1918.
What three factors spurred the new American Imperialism? Which was the strongest?
Explain the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War.
In which situations was the U.S. most/least justified in the desire for acquisition or intervention? In which situations did the U.S. use methods that would be considered acceptable/unacceptable by today’s standards?
Identify the long-term and immediate causes of WWI.
Why did the U.S. get involved in a world war? Should we have gotten involved sooner?
How did the United States prepare for and “sell” the war at home? How did the war impact citizens on the homefront?
Explain the debate over the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations.
What were the major international consequences of WWI?
Analyze nativism, racism, and the fear of communism after World War I.
Explain how WWI resulted in isolationist foreign policy and conservative domestic policy in the 1920s. Give specific examples of each.
Compare Reagan and Clinton – What are the similarities and differences between Conservative Republicans and New Democrats?
Explain the public’s disillusionment over social issues and democratic ideals coupled with its recognition of the limitations of the federal government’s abilities to solve social problems in the 1960s and early 1970s. Why did this lead to a resurgence of conservative ideology in the 1980s?
What were the policies and events that brought about an end to the Cold War?
What U. S. actions and world events reflected the identity of America as “The superpower” of the world during this time period? What events and trends challenged that notion of U. S. superiority and power?
Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, why has the US struggled to find a cohesive foreign policy that both minimizes our intervention and protects our global and national interests?
Trace the War on Terrorism from September 11th through the War in Afghanistan.
Explain how U.S. interests in Israel and oil have resulted in increasing involvement in the Middle East. How has the U.S. approached this problem over time?
Compare and contrast the Gulf War with the Iraq War. Include both causes and effects.
How did technological developments between 1950 and 2000 radically alter the economic, social, and moral fiber of the nation?
What led to the prosperity of the 1990s and the recession in the new 21st century?
How are energy consumption and sources of energy at odds with environmental concerns?
How did population trends, including the “graying” of the baby boomers and the growth of minority populations in the U. S., affect U. S. culture and policies during the era?