RA: The Unfinished Nation- Chapter 24: “The New Deal.”
Themes: New Legislation and organizations, expansion of Federal Relief, critics of the New Deal and the Constitution, “Court Packing,” the solidifying of union power, the limitations of the New Deal.
Key Discussion Topics:
F.D.R. saves the banks.
Aid to agriculture and varied response to spur industry.
The Tennessee Valley Authority.
Growth of Federal Relief.
The Constitutionality of the New Deal and F.D.R.’s plan.
The Second New Deal” and rise of organized labor.
Social Security and the beginning of the end.
The Limitations and Legacies of the New Deal: Effects upon Women, African Americans, and Native Americans.
MA: Unit Evaluation: Test & DBQ on the New Deal’s social, political, and economic impact on American society. Documents will include: Mrs. Henry Weddington, Letter to President Roosevelt (1938), Woody Guthrie, Various Dustbowl Songs (1938), as well as others to be determined by the instructor.
Unit Sixteen: The Global Crisis
With a thorough study of Chapter 25 students should enable you to understand and paraphrase:
A. The new directions of American foreign policy in the 1920s and the effects of the Great Depression on foreign relations.
B. The pattern of Japanese Italian and German aggression that eventually led to World War II and the factors that led to the passage of neutrality legislation in the 1930s.
C. The specific sequence of events that brought the United States into the war.
RA: The Unfinished Nation- Chapter 25: “The “Global Crisis.”
F.D.R.’s “Bombshell Message” and “Good Neighbor Policy.”
The Neutrality Acts and failure of Appeasement.
The Election of 1940 and the Lend-Lease Act.
The Atlantic Charter and the Road to Pearl Harbor.
MA: Free Essay Response to the following questions:
1. How isolationist was the United States in the 1920s? Was the dual policy of economic penetration and arms limitation an effective approach?
2. Compare and contrast the American reactions to World Wars I and II. Explain the relationship between attitudes toward World War I and the isolationist sentiment and neutrality legislation of the 1930s.
3. How close to full involvement in World War II was the United States prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor? Was full entry likely?
*Instructor may assign questions as a take home project or allow students to answer 2 of the 3 during class.
Unit Seventeen: WWII
After studying Chapter 26 students will be able to:
A. Summarize the efforts of the federal government to mobilize the nation's economy for war production.
B. Assess the impact of the war on American technology and science.
C. Discuss the effects of American participation in the war on the Depression and the New Deal.
D. Describe the changes that wartime involvement brought for women and racial and ethnic minorities.
E. Outline the contribution of the U.S. military to victory in North Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific.
RA: The Unfinished Nation- Chapter 26: “American in a World at War.”
Themes: Frantic and initial Japanese containment, struggle of entry into North Africa and new tank warfare, the ST. LOUIS and moral failure, ‘war as the mother of invention,’ marginalized Americans, retreat from reform, and a controversial decision for all-time.
Key Discussion Topics:
War on two fronts and ‘leapfrogging’ in the Pacific.
The Manhattan Project and war aftermath: Welcome to the Atomic Age.
MA: Unit Evaluation: Test & DBQ on the social, economic, and political effect of World War II on American society. Documents will include: A Woman Remembers the War (1984), Ben Yorita, Memories of the Internment Camp (1981), African American Soldier, “Fighting Two Wars Against Germans & Segregation (1945)”, as well as others to be determined by the instructor.
Free-Response Question: Students will use the information provided to help them formulate an answer to the question: Was the U.S. government right in making the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan? Students will examine excerpts from President Truman’s memoirs (1955), Robert J. Donovan’s Conflict and Crisis (1977), P.M. S. Blackett’s Fear, War, and the Bomb (1948), John W. Dower’s War Without Mercy (1986).
Unit Eighteen: The Cold War
At the conclusion of this lesson students will be able to:
A. Describe the extent of collaboration between the United States and the Soviet Union during World War II and the differences of view that developed between the two nations concerning the nature of the postwar world.
B. Explain the meaning of the doctrine of containment and the specific programs that implemented the concept.
C. State the nature and success of the ‘Fair Deal.’
D. Predict how internal subversion at home was the beginning of the second ‘Red Scare.”
E. Summarize the key events and outcomes of the Korean War and briefly state why it is labeled the “Forgotten War.”
Themes: Soviet-American Tension, Failure of Potsdam, communist threat worldwide, the nuclear age, “Do-Nothing Congress,” effects of Containment and the Marshall Plan, inflation and labor unrest, stalemate, and fear.
Key Discussion Topics:
Yalta, Potsdam, Post WWII environment, Berlin Airlift.
The Marshall Plan and Theory of Containment.
Containment in action in Asia.
Union and industry unrest and extent of Presidential power.
The Election of 1948 and comparison with modern times.
The Nuclear Age and fear.
The Korean War and the world on the brink.
MA: Students will be administered the Document Based Question (DBQ) portion only of the 2006 AP U.S. History Exam. Extensive review and feedback will be given.
A thorough study of Chapter 30 should enable students to understand and define:
A. The strengths and weaknesses of the economy in the 1950s and early 1960s.
B. How new technologies and expanded mass communications were changing America.
C. The changes in the American lifestyle and culture in the 1950s.
D. How President Eisenhower’s domestic and foreign policies played out in the 1950s and beyond.
E. The problems faced by the ‘other’ America and the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on desegregation.
RA: The Unfinished Nation: Chapter 28- “The Affluent Society.”
Themes: The Economic Miracle and New American lifestyle, medical breakthroughs, U.S.-Soviet mistrust, arms race, the suburbs and television, poverty and racism continued, hysterical anticommunism, death to McCarthyism, moving closer to war.
Key Discussion Topics:
The Economic “Miracle.”
The Rise of the Modern West.
Penicillin and the Stalk Vaccine.
The suburbs and birth of television.
Nuclear Fusion and the Space Program.
Elvis Presley and the new American lifestyle.
Brown v. Board of Education.
The beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
End of the Red Scare and the beginning of Communism in Southeast Asia.
The U-2 Crisis.
MA: Reading quiz (TBA) and additional readings: “North Korea and the Legacies of the Cold War“
Joseph R. McCarthy, Speech to Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia (1950),
US Supreme Court Ruling, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954),
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Decision Not to Intervene at Dien Bien Phu (1954).
Unit Twenty: The Vietnam Era
After studying this chapter students will:
A. Outline the new directions of domestic reform manifested by John Kennedy's New Frontier program.
B. Describe the background and sequence of events leading to the Cuban missile crisis.
C. Summarize the new elements added to President Kennedy’s policies by Lyndon Johnson.
D. Explain the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to the civil rights movement.
E. Identify and discuss the events leading to, and the course of the Vietnam War.
F. Compare and Contrast the “success” of the Vietnam War at home versus abroad.
RA: The Unfinished Nation: Chapter 29: “Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Ordeal of Liberalism.
Themes: Liberalism, hope, on the nuclear brink, catastrophic loss, government mistrust, changing values and beliefs, success and later fracture of the Civil Rights Movement, persistence of racism, cumulative shock effects of 1968, and the enduring legacies of the Vietnam Era.
Key Discussion Topics
The 1960 Presidential Election.
Kennedy tested on all fronts.
J.F.K.’s and L.B.J.’s vision for a new America.
The Battle for Racial Equality.
Kennedy and 1963.
Johnson’s Great Society Programs.
Vietnam War Expands.
Turmoil and reaction domestically.
A nation coming apart at the seams.
The election of Richard M. Nixon.
MA: Students will do an online reading quiz (at home) offered through the textbook website and & DBQ on the impact of the Cold War upon the United States in the 1960’s & 1970’s. The following documents will be used: John F. Kennedy, Cuban Missile Address (1962), Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (1963), Lyndon B. Johnson, Message to Congress on the Tonkin Gulf Incident (1964), selected charts and graphs from the “Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940,” as well as others to be determined by the instructor.
Unit Twenty One: The 1970s
At the conclusion of this chapter students will:
A. Define the reasons for the rise of the New Left and the counterculture.
B. Cite the problems of American Indians and Hispanics and the nature of their protest movements and describe the meaning of ‘New Feminism.”
C. Summarize the Nixon-Kissinger policy of détente and strategy to end Vietnam.
D. Describe the ways the Supreme Court and other federal institutions reacted to American unrest and economic decline in the late 1960s to early 1970s.
E. Explain the significance of Watergate as an indication of the abuse of executive power.
RA: The Unfinished Nation: Chapter 30- “The Crisis of Authority.”
Themes: Personal liberation, campus unrest, massive protests, challenge to prevailing social norms, draft opposition, Indian militancy, minority activism, feminist rebirth, environmental advocacy, “peace with honor,” government mistrust due to scandals, rising prices, scandal and cover-up.
Key Discussion Topics
The Youth Culture.
The Mobilization of Minorities and the New Feminism.
The Nixon-Kissinger plan to maintain American face, specifically détente and SALT.
From the Warren Court to the Nixon Court.
Watergate and the Fall of Richard Nixon.
MA: Reading Quiz (TBA) in addition to review and administration of the 2011 DBQ and Free Response portion of the AP U.S. History Exam.
A thorough study of Chapter 31 should enable students to:
A. Discus the efforts of President Gerald Ford to overcome the effects of Richard Nixon's resignation.
B. Predict the rapid emergence of Jimmy Carter as a national figure and the reasons for his victory in 1976.
C. Describe Carter's emphasis on human rights and its effects on international relations.
D. Predict how Carter’s flaws, inflation, and the Iran hostage crisis ushered in the “Reagan Revolution.”
E. Explain the nature and significance of "supply-side" economics and the staunchly anticommunist Reagan foreign policy.
RA: The Unfinished Nation: Chapter 31- From “The Age of Limits” To The Age of Reagan.
Themes: National scandal, a nation disenchanted, economic problems, fuel crisis, human rights, new environmentalism, religious revivalism, new conservatism, personal magnetism, massive government spending, absolute conviction from an executive, recession, changing of the guard and the new problems facing George H.W. Bush.
Watergate and Nixon Pardon.
OPEC and SALT II.
The 1976 election.
Carter’s change: Panama Canal, Camp David, Energy Conservation.
The double whammy of inflation and the Iran-Hostage crisis.
The New American Right.
Reagan and the restoration of America.
The “evil empire,”Reaganomics, and tax cuts.
Fiscal Crisis and “Are you better off…”
Fall of the Soviet Union.
The First Bush Presidency and Iraq War
How inflation destroyed the war accomplishment.
MA: Students will answer the following essay questions in class: 1. Why was Ronald Reagan so popular despite the ineffectiveness of many of his policies-especially with regard to the budget deficit?
2. How did the shift away from a bipolar world change the very foundation of American foreign policy as it had been practiced since World War II?
Unit Twenty Three: The 21st Century and Beyond
After completing the final chapter of this course students will be able to:
A. Explain how and why the Cold War came to an end and; the new threats facing the United States in a post-Soviet Union world.
B. Describe how Bill Clinton won the Presidency and how his centrist approach led to great popularity despite personal scandal.
C. Define the technology innovations of the modern age and how they impacted the American way of life.
D. Understand the demographic and personal income changes that occurred and expanded from the 1980s into the modern age.
E. Summarize the results of the 2000 election and its significance upon the American political landscape.
F. Paraphrase the events of the September 11th attack and American reaction to it: the Patriot Act, War in Afghanistan, and the second war in Iraq.
H. Discuss the results of the 2008 election and the Presidency of Barack Obama.
RA: The Unfinished Nation: Chapter 32- “The Age of Globalization.”
Themes: Communist defeat, a changing society due to globalization, a contested culture, digital revolution and segmentation of culture, “dot.com” boom and bust, the perils of a world that is: “Hot, Flat, and Crowded.”
Key Discussion Topics:
The Clintons: From Arkansas to the White House
Clinton’s policies toward healthcare, the economy, compromise.
NAFTA and its global implications.
1994 GOP Sweep.
Clinton reelected and great surplus.
Personal scandal and impeachment.
The “Comeback Kid.”
George W. Bush and the showdown in Florida.
The Internet and the changing face of America.
The second term and personal mandate.
Victory and defeat in War.
Environmental and financial crisis at home.
Barack Obama and the Global War on Terrorism.
2012 election: Issues and discussion.
MA: In the place of a comprehensive final, students will develop group audio/video projects displaying clips and features of the modern age.
**The last two weeks of the semester will be reserved for review and practice in preparation for the AP U.S. History Exam. Students will receive extensive instructional review and multiple attempts to take the full length exams posted on the College Board Website. Points will be awarded on the basis of participation only.
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