3.14 – The Second World War, part 1

Readings WWII overview The Atlantic Charter Operation Torch National World War II museum, ‘America goes to war’  PBS, The War, Japanese Internment and Japanese-American soldiers Discussion Questions What caused World War II, as a whole? What brought the United States into the war? What arguments did FDR use to convince Americans that Nazi Germany represented a powerful threat to… Continue reading 3.14 – The Second World War, part 1

3.12 – The Great Depression & New Deal

Great Depression overview Letters from Children to the Roosevelts Great Depression photographs The Great Depression Hits Farms FDR’s fireside chats Miler Center, FDR and Domestic Affairs FDR, Second Inaugural Discussion questions What caused the Great Depression? What are some of the most emotionally powerful examples of human suffering during the Depression? How did FDR attempt to solve the Depression in his first term? What were some of the most… Continue reading 3.12 – The Great Depression & New Deal

3.7 – The Roaring Twenties

J. Zeitz, Fitzgerald and the 1920s History.com, Harlem Renaissance American in Class, Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s History.com, Prohibition Smithsonian Magazine, Flappers Discussion questions What was the condition of the American economy in the 1920s? What were some of the modern technological advances that changed the ways Americans lived in the 1920s? What were some of the major challenges to… Continue reading 3.7 – The Roaring Twenties

2.26 – Women’s Suffrage

Readings History.com, 19th Amendment Adopted History.net, Women‘s Suffrage Movement Time, "How British Suffragettes Radicalized American Women" Opposition to Women‘s Suffrage I encourage you to conduct additional research to answer the discussion questions. Discussion Questions Who were some of the most important suffragettes? What strategies did suffragettes use to achieve their aims? How did those strategies change over time? What did opponents… Continue reading 2.26 – Women’s Suffrage

2.21 – The Great War (2nd half of class)

Jennifer Keene, World War I “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier” (1915) Michael E. Hanlon, “America’s Turn from Neutrality to Intervention, 1914-1917″ Senator George Norris Opposes U.S. Entry into WWI (April 1917) Miller Center, Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Affairs National Archives, The 14 Points (read the brief introduction and then the actual text) Michael O’Malley,… Continue reading 2.21 – The Great War (2nd half of class)

2.21 – An American Empire (1st half of class)

Readings Digital History, “The United States Becomes a World Power” (& read next 4 sections) Platform of the Anti-Imperialist League (1899) Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” (1899) Senator Ben Tillman, “The White Man’s Burden as Prophecy” (1899) Senator Albert J. Beveridge, “In Support of an American Empire” (1900) Colored Citizens of Boston (1899) American Anti-Imperialist League,… Continue reading 2.21 – An American Empire (1st half of class)

2.14 – The Progressives (2nd half)

Digital History, "The Progressive Era" The Nation, Famous Progressives Wittner, "Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President" David Oshinsky, "Imbeciles" and "Illiberal Reformers" PBS, "Unwanted Sterilization and Eugenics Programs" Spartacus Educational, "Muckraking Journalism" Discussion questions What were some of the broader political and economic forces that helped lead to the creation of the progressive movement? Who… Continue reading 2.14 – The Progressives (2nd half)