|US History Unit Objectives Mr. Thorsen
-Compare and contrast the Northern & Southern colonies
-Identify the causes of the American Revolution
-Who were the main people, events and locations of the Am. Rev.?
-Analyze the colonial justification for independence. Were they justified?
-Analyze the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation
-Identify the key concepts discussed at the constitution convention and the reasons for holding the convention
-Describe the beliefs of the Federalists and the Anti-federalists and the people who supported each side
-Analyze the effectiveness of the United States constitutional government in light of the events that tested it
-Compare and contrast the beliefs and followers of the Federalists and Democratic Republicans
-Identify and analyze the impact of the significant US Supreme Court cases under Chief Justice John Marshall
-Relate the US foreign policy decisions to the political party in the White House at the time of the decision, especially regarding France and England
-Identify the causes of the War of 1812
-Who were the main people, events and locations of the War of 1812?
-Identify the major US Supreme Court Cases and their significance upon the formation of the Federal Govt.
-Why was the Erie Canal built & analyze its impact upon the political power of the North & South
-Assess the effectiveness of John Q. Adam's presidency and his tenure as Secretary of State under Pres. Monroe.
-Explain the Monroe Doctrine and analyze the reason for the European reaction to it.
-Compare and contrast the Northern and Southern reaction to the Missouri Compromise.
-Assess the impact of the Bank of United States on the American economy and stability of the dollar
-Compare and Contrast the Northern and Southern view concerning tariffs and the need for them.
-Identify and describe the impacts of the Peggy Eaton scandal on Jackson's presidency.
-Explain how Jackson handled the Nullification Crisis, the Bank of US and the Indian question
-Identify the major events in VanBuren's presidency.
-Compare & Contrast the Northern and Southern economies in the 1830's-50's.
-Assess the impact of growing sectionalism upon politics.
-Identify main inventors and inventions and assess their impacts upon society.
-Identify key changes in transportation and assess their impact on society.
-What was the Market Revolution and in what ways did it impact society?
-Identify the main conflicts with Indians and the policy the Federal government used to handle the Indians.
-Were the Mexicans justified in launching attacks against the Texan rebels and how did the Texan Revolution impact US and Mexican relations?
-What was Polk's vision for America and how did he fulfill it?
-Describe the impact of the Wilmot Proviso on the war effort and relations between the northern and southern states
The Prelude and the Civil War
-Discuss the evolution and solidification of slavery in the Southern States
-Identify key events and people that moved Northerners to support the abolitionists and assess how these events and people impacted North/South relations
-Synthesize all the events that led to the Civil War
-Compare & contrast the strengths & weaknesses of the Union & Confederacy
-Compare & contrast the Union & Confederate strategies & their tactics to win the war
-Identify the main characters, weapons and events of the Civil War and evaluate their significance
Reconstruction & the Wild West
-How were the plans for reconstructing the South different from each other?
-How did freed blacks attempt to assimilate their freedom and how did Southerners attempt to hinder former slaves' freedoms?
-What events led to the demise (death) of reconstruction for freed slaves and the regaining of Southern white power?
-Describe plains Indians' culture and how they were subdued by Federal government
-How "wild" was the Wild West, especially between cattlemen and sheep herders?
-Identify some of the famous gunslingers of the West
-What was the effect of Glidden's barbed wire upon Western culture?
Industrialization to Progressives
-How did immigrants assimilate into American society?
-Describe city life for immigrants
-How did political machines dominate cities and state politics?
-Over what were stalwarts and reformers arguing and how did it affect the presidency?
-What was the Civil Service Act?
-Describe the arrival experience for the main immigrant groups in America
-What was the debate over currency and who won by the early 1900's?
-What caused the rise of the Grange Movement, Farmer's Alliance and the Populists?
-Describe the impacts railroads had on America
-What caused the rise of unions and who are robber barons?
-What were the ways robber barons took control of the economy?
-What is social Darwinism and who supported it and why?
-What political reforms did the progressives pass and what prompted these reforms?
-How did women win the struggle for suffrage?
-Evaluate the effectiveness of the progressive movement in improving life of common Americans and minorities
-Describe the nature of Teddy Roosevelt's style of being president
Imperialism & WWI
-What are the reasons nations started imperializing the world?
-What were the US Foreign policies concerning Asia and Latin America?
-Explain the causes of the Spanish American War
-Compare and contrast the Spanish-American War with goals of imperialism
-Compare and contrast the conflicting views over annexation of the Philippines
-Evaluate the US government's handling of the territories acquired from the war with Spain
-Describe Theodore Roosevelt's foreign policy and evaluate the effectiveness of his actions
-Describe Taft and Wilson's foreign policy and evaluate the effectiveness of their actions
-What are the factors that led to the most destructive war the world had yet seen?
-How did the Franco-Prussian War lead to the Great War?
-What finally caused the European powers to unleash their fury on one another?
-What was the significance of the battles of the Marne, Tannenberg, Verdun, Somme, and 2nd Marne?
-What made life in the trenches a living nightmare?
-What made 1917 a dark year for the Allies?
-Why did the US stay neutral and what finally caused the US to join the Allies?
-What was the strategic reason for Wilson issuing the 14 points?
-What were the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles?
20’s & The Drepressing Depression
-Compare and contrast traditional versus flapper views.
-What was the controversy surrounding prohibition?
-Explain the cultural and criminal reaction to prohibition.
-How did fundamentalists and liberals differ on biblical creation story?
-How did the Scopes trial relate to this issue?
-Summarize the impact of the automobile and other consumer goods on American life
-In what ways was the country's prosperity superficial?
-Summarize the reaction in the US to the perceived threat of communism?
-Analyze the cause and effects of the quota system.
-Describe some of the postwar conflicts between labor and management.
-Describe the Harding presidency
-What factors led to the Great Depression?
-What were Hoover's attempts to stop the growing economic crisis?
-What was Roosevelt's plan to bring the US out of the depression?
-Why didn't FDR's plan work?
-What forced FDR to become more liberal in his policies?
-Relate FDR's court packing plan to the demise of the New Deal?
March of Dictators and WWII
-What are the conditions that give rise to radicalism in a society?
-How did the nazis and Hitler gain control of Germany?
-Analyze the effectiveness of the Allies handling of German violations to the Treaty of Versailles.
-What are the steps of Germany taking over Europe?
-What are the significant battles and or events of WWII in Europe and why?
-What are the social, economic, and political reasons why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor?
-How did the United States defeat Japan?
-Analyze the reasons why the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan
Cold War & Social Upheaval
-What were the American foreign policies during the Cold War?
-What caused the Korean War and how was it resolved?
-What was life like for Americans right after WWII?
-What was the government's response to the communist threat in America?
-What led to the Cuban Missile Crisis and how was it resolved?
-What led to the US involvement in the Vietnam War?
-How was 1968 a pivotal year in Vietnam and the US?
-What was the goal of LBJ's Great Society and how was he going to accomplish it?
-What are the methods civil rights leaders used to bring about racial equality?
-What are the key Supreme Court decisions in the struggle for racial equality?
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