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History 1302 - Davis, Nika: 1920s, the Great Depression and World War II

Finding Primary Sources

Use any of the following terms to find primary sources in Discovery:
narratives
correspondence
documents
sources
letters
diaries

 

For example: 
"vietnam war" and diaries
"margaret sanger" and sources
"theodore roosevelt" and correspondence
"civil rights" and women and narratives

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Be prepared to answer 4 out of these 10 questions in a descriptive essay.  Be sure to answer each part of the question in order to gain full credit for each question.  Please note that describe requires you to explain your answer with examples: do not make a list nor wrap all 4 questions into one big essay.  In order to receive full credit, each question must be 1 page in length double spaced with 12 font. Times New Roman script.

 

1.  The beginning of the 20th century marked the beginning of American imperialism.  Define imperialism and describe 3 examples of American imperialism during this period.  Also, explain Mark Twain's position about imperialism. (Each aspect of the 5 part question is worth 5pt.) 25

 2. Describe the Insular Cases, Philippine Insurrection, the building of the Panama Canal and Roosevelt Corollary.  Explain why these events raise questions about Josiah Strong's argument about imperialism. (25pt.)

 3.  Describe five significant characteristics of the Great War. 25pt.

 4.  Describe 4 characteristics of the Treaty of Versailles and the response that the Senate gave to the League of Nations.  25pt.

 5.  Describe 5 ways that America moved from conservatism to liberalism in the 1920s. (25pt.)

 6.  Explain what fundamentalism, 18th amendment, the Scopes Monkey Trial, Marcus Garvey and Henry Ford had to do with the 1920s. 25pt.

 7.  How was Warren Harding's character different from Calvin Coolidge and explain four reasons why America was caught in illusions in either domestic or foreign policy?

 8.  Franklin Roosevelt became president in 1933 and proposed a New Deal for America.  Describe 5 New Deal programs designed to address the Great Depression.

 9.  Describe 5 significant events leading to or during WW II.

 10.  Describe the plight of women, blacks, Jews in Europe, Italians, and Japanese Americans during the 1920s-1940s.

Ideas for Topics

Students often write about topics that are too broad. It is often wise to narrow your subject when selecting your topic for your history essay.  

Ideas for Topics

 

Examples of Topics that are Too Broad:

More Narrow Topics:

 

 

Westward Expansion

Wounded Knee

 

Little Bighorn

 

Barbed Wire

WW I

Woodrow Wilson

 

Battle of Belleau Wood

 

Trench Warfare

 

Chemical Warfare

Women’s History

Women’s Suffrage

 

19th Amendment

 

Jeannette Rankin

 

Susan B. Anthony

 

Margaret Sanger

Great Depression

Dust Bowl

 

Stock Market Crash of 1929

WW II

D-Day

 

Higgins Boats

 

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

 

Codebreaking

 

Battle of Midway

 

WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots)

Civil Rights

Emmett Till

 

Letter from Birmingham Jail

 

United Farm Workers

 

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