Essential Questions- First Semester Exam Civil War • What were some of the political, economic and social differences that led to Sectionalism? • How did Reconstruction affect different groups in the United States? • What were the objectives and long term effects of Reconstruction on political, economic and social development of the United States? • How does the legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction impact modern America? Industrialization How did industrialization impact urbanization? • How did the Industrial Revolution impact immigration? • In what ways did industrialization lead to the Progressive Movement? • What can we learn from how unregulated industry can impact political, social, and economic events? Imperialism • Why did America turn from the old continental concept of Manifest Destiny to a new, worldwide expansionism? • How did the Spanish-American War serve as the catalyst to transform imperialist stirrings into a fullfledged empire? • What has been the impact of the US imperialistic policies on the political and social attitudes of the United States? World War I What forces propelled the country away from neutrality and into full belligerency? • To what extent did Woodrow Wilson try to apply his lofty war aims to the realities of world politics and fail? • In what ways did WWI have a profound impact on the economic, social and racial situations in the United Social Changes-1920’s • Why were the forces of prohibition, religious fundamentalism and nativism so strong in the 1920’s? • How and why did the role of women change in American society during the 1920’s? • How did the automobile lead to the economic expansion in the 1920’s? • To what extent did the changing society in the 1920’s disenchant some artists and intellectuals and lead to broad cultural conflict? • What factors contributed to the pro-business stances of the Harding and Coolidge administrations and what problems did they cause? Great Depression and the New Deal • What were the underlying causes of the Great Depression? • In what ways did the Great Depression and New Deal impact American popular culture, race relations, feminism, family structure and behavior? • Why did FDR win the election of 1932? • How did New Deal policies change over time and why was the Second New Deal implemented? • Describe how New Deal policies from the 1930’s continue to affect the policies of the United States government? Pre-WWII- Foreign Policy • In the face of growing crises in the 1930’s, why did the United States turn toward isolationism and legislated neutrality? • Despite its avowed neutrality, how did the wars in Europe and Asia draw the United States closer and closer to war? • How and why did the early years of the Great Depression alter international affairs and relations? World War II • How and why did disaster strike for the United States and Pearl Harbor? With what consequences? • Analyze the impact that World War II had on the home front for African Americans, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans and women. • How did World War II increase the role of government in American society and the nation’s economy? • How did the three western offensives combine with the Russian effort to defeat Germany? • How do the wartime conferences of the Big 3; Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, reflect national interests of the United States?
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