American History: a survey, 13



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American History: A Survey, 13th edition AP U. S. History

Unit 9

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Chapter 25: The Global Crisis, 1921-1945

Chapter 26: America in a World at War



Chapter 27: The Cold War

  1. The Atlantic Charter, 1941

  2. The Marshall Plan, 1947

Essential Questions: Think about these questions before, during, and after the reading.  They are very general; there is no specifically correct answer.  If you understand their complexity and feel confident in using information from the text and the supplementary reading in answering these questions, you should understand the major themes from this period.

  1. Why was America socially, economically, and politically reluctant to become involved in what would become World War 2?

  2. World War 2 marked the beginning of a real civil rights movement among Black Americans.   Why?

  3. The New Deal did not stop the Great Depression, World War 2 did.  Assess the validity of this statement.

  4. Dropping the atomic bomb was necessary to ending the war.  To what extent was this true for those making the decision in 1945?.

  5. What perceptions or misperceptions at the end of World War 2 created the Cold War?

  6. To what extent does the "domino effect" explain America's actions in Asia since the end of World War 2?  Is this an example of the Truman Doctrine and of NSC-68?  How?

  7. Why did America emerge into the post-World War 2 era as a "super" power?  

  8. Compare and contrast the Red Scare at the end of World War 1 and the McCarthyism at the end of World War 2.

Note: The Unit 9 test will be a series of stimulus-based multiple choice questions and will count 100 points.
Suggestions for required and extra work outside readings:

  1. Chapter 11, “Herbert Hoover and the Crisis of American Individualism” and Chapter 12, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Patrician as Opportunist,” from The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It1, by Richard Hofstadter.

  2. Any 30 to 50 pages from Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, by David M. Kennedy [ISBN0-19-5038834-7].

  3. The following deal specifically with World War 2:

Lies My Teacher Told Me, chapters 9 through the end of the book;

Citizen Soldiers:  The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, Stephen Ambrose;

D-Day June 6 1944:  The Climactic Battle of World War II, Stephen Ambrose;

Americans At War, Stephen Ambrose.


1 This book is available in the library media center as part of an AP U. S. History Reserved Section. There are multiple copies available that will only be checked out to AP U. S. History students. Go to the desk and let Ms Fidel know that you are an AP U. S. History student who wishes to check out this book.

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