B Day Syllabus 4/10 Read p 862-875,877-879
Unit The West and Plight of the Read p 888-890, 897-902
1/25 Read p 594-604 4/12 Test on 1950’s
1/27 Read p 604-608,610-613 Unit 1960’s
Questions Due 1-4 4/20 Read 38
1/31 Read 613- 617, 523-528, 617-624
4/20 Open Note Test 1960’s
4/24 Read 938-940
Unit Progressives 942-947
2/6 Read p656-665 952-964
2/08 Read p665-677
2/10 Read 679-685
5/2 Read Chapter 40
Progressive Questions 4-10
2/16 Test 5/2 Open Note test 1980’s
Unit Imperialism 5/8 Practice AP Exam
2/22 Read 626-633,634-647
5/10 Practice AP Exam
2/24 Read p 647-651, 675(Dollar
Diplomacy) 5/11 AP Exam
Questions due 12-15
2/28 Read p 688-703, 710-717
Frederick Jackson Turner
Unit 1920’s and 1930’s Buffalo Soldiers
3/05 Read P 746-748, 751-754, 755-757 Exodusters
Little Big Horn
3/07 Read p 732-744 A Century of Dishonor
Dawes Severalty Act
3/09 Read p 757-767, 770-778 Ghost Dance Movement
3/13 Read p 778-798 Sand Creek Massacre
3/15 Test Indian Reorganization Act
Unit WWII Ocala Platform
3/19 Read 767-768,749-750 Farmers Alliance
p 800-820 Grange Movement
The New South
3/21 Read p 832-847 Populist Party
3/29 Test Panic of 1893
Unit 1950’s Cross of Gold Speech
3/23 Read 882-888, 890-896 Mark Hanna
Sherman Silver Purchase Act
Big Stick Policy
Progressive Era Hay-Pauncefote Treaty (1901)
Muckrakers Roosevelt Corollary
Lincoln Steffans Russo-Japanese War
Ida Tarbell Gentlemen’s Agreement
Jacob Riis Great White Fleet
Robert La Follette Root Takahira Agreement (1908)
WCTU Dollar Diplomacy
Square Deal Lodge Corollary
Anthracite coal miners Strike Moral Diplomacy
Elkins Act Jones Act (1916)
Hepburn Act Pancho Villa
Upton Sinclair Tampico Incident
Pure Food and Drug Act Lusitania
Meat Inspection Act Sussex pledge
Newlands Reclamation Act He kept us out of war
Gifford Pinchot Zimmerman note
Mann-elkins Act Russian Revolution
Payne-Aldrich Tariff George Creel
Joseph Cannon Espionage and Sedition Acts (1917)
Eugene V Debs Schenck v United States
Bull Moose Party Fourteen Points
New Nationalism Treaty of Versailles
New Freedom League of Nations
Underwood Tariff Irreconcilables
Federal Reserve Act Reservationists
Clayton Antitrust Act
Federal Trade Commission 1920’s and 30’s
Niagara Movement Red Scare
Booker T Washington Palmer Raids
W. E. B. Dubois Fordney-McCumber Tariff Act (1922)
Nineteenth Amendment Teapot Dome Scandal
National American Women Suffrage Association Henry Ford
Imperialism Charles Lindberg
Our Country Its Possible Future and Current Margret Sanger
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History Lost Generation
Jingoism Harlem Renaissance
Pan-American Conference (1889) Marcus Garvey
James Blaine Scopes Trial
Venezuela boundary dispute Volstead Act
Yellow journalism Quota Laws 1921, 1924
Spanish-American War Sacco and Vanzetti
De Lome Letter Ku Klux Klan
Maine Washington Conference(1921)
Teller Amendment Kellogg-Briand Treaty (1928)
Rough Riders Dawes Plan (1924)
Liliuokalani Black Tuesday (Oct 29, 1929)
Anti-Imperialist League Buying on Margin
Insular Cases Hawley Smoot Tariff (1930)
Platt Amendment Bonus March
John Hay 20th Amendment
Spheres of Influence Brain Trust
Open Door Policy Francis Perkins
Boxer Rebellion Hundred Days
Bank Holiday Smith Act (1940)
Fireside Chats McCarran Internal Security Act
Wagner Act HUAC
Father Charles Coughlin Algier Hiss
Francis Townsend Rosenbergs
Huey Long Joseph McCarthy
Court Packing Plan Modern Republicanism
Congress of Industrial Organizations Highway Act (1956)
Dust Bowl Massive Retaliation
Alphabet Soup Agencies Domino Theory
Stimson Doctrine Suez Canal Crisis
Good-neighbor policy Eisenhower Doctrine
London Economic Conferences Sputnik
Tydings-McDuffie Act U-2 Incident
Nye Committee Little Rock Crisis
Neutrality Acts Brown v Board of Education
America First Committee Military-industrial complex
Quarantine speech Montgomery Bus Boycott
Cash and Carry Rosa Parks
Selective Service Act SCLC
Destroyers for bases deal Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Four Freedoms speech Beatniks
Lend-Lease Act 1960’s
Atlantic Charter New Frontier
Pearl harbor Peace Corps
D Day Alliance for Progress
Battle of the Bulge Bay of Pigs
Manhattan Project Berlin Wall
Robert J Oppenheimer Cuban Missile Crisis
Yalta Brush fire Wars
Casablanca Flexible response
Potsdam Warren Commission
1950’s The Other America
GI Bill Silent Spring
Baby Boom Civil Rights Act of 1964
Sunbelt 24th Amendment
Taft Hartley Act Voting Rights Act of 1965
Dixiecrats March on Washington
Fair Deal Malcolm X
Cold War Black Panthers
Iron Curtain Watts Rights
George Kennan Gideon v Wainwright
Dean Acheson Miranda v Arizona
Containment Students for a Democratic Society
Truman Doctrine New Left
Marshall Plan The Feminine Mystique
Berlin Airlift ERA Amendment
NATO Tonkin Gulf Resolution
Warsaw Pact Tet Offensive
National Security Act (1947) My Lai
Chiang Kai-shek Vietnamization
38th parallel Peace with Honor
Dennis et al v United States
The West Reading Questions
1. What was the federal policy toward the Native Americans during the mid to late 19c? Why was the
policy not conductive to the Native Americans?
2. Identify the major battles between Native Americans and white settlers.(3)
3. What happened to the great buffalo herds in the late 19c? How were the Native Americans impacted?
4. What was the basic objective of the Dawes Act? How did it try to accomplish this goal?
5. Identify the major mining areas of the mid 19c.
6. What were the limitations of the Homestead Act as a means of helping Americans establish their own
farms in the West?
7. How did western farmers use invention, technology and innovation to meet the challenges of western
8. What was the essence of Turner’s “Frontier Thesis”? How accurate was it?
9. What economic issues sparked a crisis among farmers in the late 19c?
10. What were the major organizations that emerged in the US during the late 19c?
11. Many debtors believed that an alliance was forged between big business and the government. What
events contributed to that belief?
12. What were the basic elements of the Populist ideology? Who was attracted to Populism and was not?
13. Who was Joseph Coxey?
14.. How did William Jennings Bryan win the Democratic presidential nomination in 1896? How did his
candidacy create a dilemma for the Populist Party?
15. In what ways did the election of 1896 signal a change in politics?.
Progressive Reading Questions
1. What social institutions and community actions helped facilitate immigrant adjustment to urban life in
America? (Gilded Age)
2. Who were the muckrakers? Identify some of the major muckrakers and their writings? How did they
help prepare the way for progressivism?
3. Identify key political reforms proposed by Progressives.
4. How did Progressive reform impact the operation and structure of city government?
5. What was the state of Wisconsin called the “Laboratory of Democracy” in the early 20 th c?
6. Why did Progressives support Prohibition?
7. Identify the changes which Roosevelt initiated in the traditional role of the federal government in labor
8. What was Roosevelt’s theory of trust-busting? To what extent would he be considered a trustbuster?
9. What legislation was passed to protect the consumer? What stimulated the legislation?
10. What was Roosevelt’s program for conservation of natural resources? Who were the sources of
opposition to his program?
11. What events pushed Roosevelt into open opposition to Taft?
12. Explain the philosophical differences between New Freedom and New Nationalism in the 1912
13. Create a chart that lists the major pieces of reform legislation coming out of the Wilson administration
that addressed banking, farming and labor reform
14. What was Booker T Washington’s prescription of black achievement?
15. How did WEB Dubois’ approach differ from that of Washington?
Reading Questions Imperialism
1. What intellectual, economic, philosophical and racial factors helped create a new nationalist mood that
was more receptive to overseas expansion in the late 19c?
2. What was Alfred T Mahan’s thesis of national power?
3. What were James G Blaine’s objectives in promoting Pan-American cooperation? Evaluate his success
4. How did the US intervene in the political affairs of Venezuela during the 1890’s. How did these
incidents reflect American ideals about the role of the US in the Western Hemisphere?
5. Why did Americans have an interest in annexing Hawaii?
6. Identify the factors that promoted American support for Cuban independence during the 1890’s? What
events served as catalysts in pushing America toward war with Spain?
7. What was the Teller Amendment? Why was it passed
8. What were the provisions of the Treaty of Paris? What element was most controversial? Why?
9. What were the provisions of the Platt Amendment? How did they define the role of the US in Cuba after
10. Define the term “spheres of influence” How is it relevant to the political status of China at the end of
the 19 c?
11. What were the principles of John Hay’s Open door? What were the costs of such a policy?
1. How did Roosevelt’s actions in the building of the Panama Canal affect US-Latin American relations?
2. What was the intent of the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine?
3. What was the Gentlemen’s agreement? What is the relationship between it and the Great White Fleet?
4. What was Taft’s goal under Dollar Diplomacy? How successfully did the policy achieve its goal?
1. Describe the major examples of US intervention in Latin American affairs during the Wilson
2. What were the long term repercussions of American imperialism for the US? (Opinion)
3. Explain the structure of the European alliance system on the eve of WWI.
4. What events in 1915 and 1916 tested Wilson’s professed stance of neutrality
5. Identify the major candidates and issues of the 1916 presidential election.
6. Identify the major elements of Wilson’s 14 points.
7. What role did the Committee on Public Information play in WWI? What tactics did the committee
8. How were civil liberties limited during the war? Which groups suffered the most?
9. How were labor unions treated in WWI?
10. How were the lives of women and African Americans impacted by the war?
11. Identify the political divisions within Congress regarding ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.
12. How much of the blame for the Treaty’s defeat must be placed on Woodrow Wilson?
746-748, 751-754, 755-757
1. What was meant by Harding’s “Return to Normalcy” campaign?
2. Identify and describe the scandals of the Harding administration.
3. What approach did Pres. Coolidge take toward taxes and the federal budget?
4.. What were the results of the Dawes Plan?
1. What inspired the Red Scare of 1919-1920? Was the threat real or imagine?
2. How are Sacco and Vanzetti trial an example of nativist trends and remnants of the Red Scare?
3. What helped resurrect the KKK of the 20’s? How was it different from its Reconstruction predecessor?
4. Explain the changes in immigration laws . What ethnic groups were targeted? Which were favored?
5. What more basic conflict in society did the controversy over prohibition come to symbolize? What
were the results of Prohibition?
6. 11.. How did the Scopes trial symbolize the conflict between religious modernists and fundamentalists
7. What techniques did American business develop to create mass consumerism?
8. 13.What were the effects of the automobile socially and economically?
9. How did movies and radio serve as unifying and nationalizing forces in America during the 1920’s?
10. Who was Marcus Garvey? What was the role of the United Negro Improvement Association?
11. What social forces combined to disenchant intellectuals and give them the label the “Lost Generation”?
12. How did the policies of Sec. of Treasury Mellon contribute to the pro-business atmosphere of the
1. The Hawley-Smoot Tariff was designed to help farmers but it hurt more than helped. Explain
2. Summarize the causes of the Great Depression.
3. According to Hoover’s belief in rugged individualism, what was the role of the government Did he
change his views? If so How?
4. How did Hoover’s handling of the veterans’ Bonus March affect his popularity?
1. Why was banking the new president’s number one order of business?
2. Briefly characterize the ideas of Dr. Francis Townsend, Charles Coughlin and Huey Long. Who was
probably most important to President Roosevelt?
3. What were the goals of the NRA? Why was it not fully successful? How did it end?
4. How did the New Deal attempt to help farmers? What happened to the program
5. What new direction in Indian policy did the Roosevelt administration take?
6. What measures were taken to restore confidence in the stock market?
7. Why was the American Liberty League formed? Who were its main supporters?
8. How did the Wagner Act help organized labor?
9. Why did the AFL and CIO split in 1937?
10. In what ways was the Democratic Party realigned in the 30’s?
11. How did Roosevelt interpret the results of the 1936 election? What action did he take as a result?
12. What were the political repercussions of Roosevelt’s court packing plan?
13. List the positives and negative outcomes of the New Deal.
1. What was accomplished by the Washington Naval Conference in 1921?
2. Why was the Kellogg-Briand Pact not worth the paper it was written on?
3. What was the reaction of League of Nations to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria? US reaction?
4. What was America’s response to the London Economic Conference? What were the political and
economic ramifications of the decision?
5. What was the significance of the Reciprocal Trade Agreements?
6. What was the significance of the Nye Commission? What did it lead to?
7. What was the public’s reaction to the Quarantine speech.
8. Technically the cash and carry program initiated in 1939 was designed to be neutral but in reality it was
not . Explain
9What was the purpose of the America First Committee? Who was their lead spokesperson?
10. What events in 1940 caused alarm among isolationists? What event generated the most alarm?
11. Outline the provisions of the Atlantic Charter ? What document was it similar to? Who were the major
1. Explain the justification for the internment of Japanese-Americans. Was it constitutional?
2. What was the overall impact of WWII on the economy of the US? Identify the federal agencies created
to regulate the economy
3. How did WWII affect labor unions?
4. What was the impact of the war on women, African-Americans, and Native Americans?
5. What was the historical significance of the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway?
6. What tactic did the US employ to defeat the Japanese in the Pacific? Explain
7. What major decisions were made at Casablanca, Yalta and Potsdam?
1. What were the provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act? How did this act impact labor unions?
2. Identify the provisions of the GI Bill of Rights. How did it impact higher education?
3. What impact did the war’s end have on the roles of women in the workplace and in higher education
4. How did men such as William Levitt address the housing shortage after WWII? How did these practices
5. How did the increase in post war America impact national consumerism?
6. Identify the major candidates, issues and outcome of the presidential election of 1948?
7. Characterize the changing labor force of the 1950s.
8. What role did Betty Friedan play in the emerging feminist movement?
9. Who were the Beats? What did they challenge?
10. In what way was the election of 1952 unique? How did it help change the political landscape?
11. What precipitated the Montgomery Bus Boycott? Why was it important to the civil rights struggle?
12. What was the historical significance of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v Board of Education?
13. List the crisis’s occurring between 1954 and 1960 that indicated the difficulty carrying out the Brown
decision “with all deliberate speed”.
14. Identify the various African-American organizations that were created during the 1950’s to fight
segregation and racism? What tactics did they support?
15. What were the provisions of the Federal Highway Act of 1956? What impact did the act have on
society and culture?
1. What major decisions were made at the Yalta Conference?
2. Briefly describe the tensions that emerged between the Soviet Union and her former allies immediately
3. Identify the differing views of the Soviets and the US over Germany. What crisis developed as a result
and how was it solved?
4. How did the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan reflect the containment policy adopted by
5. List the federal agencies and international mutual defense pacts organized by the US during the late
1940s as a means of increasing national security.
6. Evaluate the success of the containment policy in China.
7. How did the Truman administration combat the domestic “communist threat”?
8. Identify the major trials of the 1950s that targeted Americans accused of being Soviet spies.
9. List the provisions of the NSC-68 and explain its impact on the development of American foreign
policy during the 1950s.
10. Briefly describe the conflict that arose between President Truman and General MacArthur during the
Korean War. What was the result of the conflict?
1. Who was Senator McCarthy? Why was he so powerful?
2. Explain Eisenhower’s doctrine of massive retaliation. Was it practical? Explain.
3. To whom was the Eisenhower Doctrine addressed? What was it designed to prevent?
4. What was the significance of the soviet launch of Sputnik I? What was the American response to that
5. What was the importance of the U2 incident?
6. List the major examples of American intervention in the Third World political affairs during the 1950s.
1. What were the factors that contributed to President Kennedy’s victory in the 1960 election?
2. Evaluate the success of Kennedy’s domestic New Frontier policy. Cite examples.
3. What are “brushfire wars”? How did American foreign policy change as a result?
4. What event pushed America and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war? How was the crisis
5. What was Kennedy’s initial position on civil rights? What events prompted a more active role?
6. What was the purpose behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington?
7. What were the major provisions of the Civil Right’s Act of 1964? How did women benefit from the
8. What gave President Johnson a so called blank check in regards to Vietnam?
9. How did Congress attempt to improve education and health in Johnson’s Great Society?
10. What events precipitated the Voting Rights Act of 1965? What were the act’s provisions?
11. How was the northern urban civil rights movement of the 1960s different from the earlier southern
rural movement? Who were the leaders of this change?
12. What was the historical significance of “Operation Rolling Thunder”?
13. What was the Tet Offensive? How did it affect public opinion about Vietnam?
14. Identify the presidential candidates for the 1968 election. What were their views on Vietnam?
15. What was the Nixon policy of Vietnamization? Why was it so controversial?
16. What prompted the protests at Kent State? What happened to the protestors?
17. What actions by President Nixon helped to usher in the era of détente?
18. What was the significance of the ABM and SALT treaties?
19. In what way did Nixon attempt to change the philosophical makeup of the Supreme Court? Why did
Nixon pursue this course? Was he successful?
20. Even though Nixon was viewed as a conservative he took many liberal actions. Explain.
21. What was the Saturday Night Massacre?
22. What was the purpose of the War Powers Act?
23. What was President Carter’s greatest foreign policy achievement? His lowest point?