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This exam has one big question (below). I hope you enjoy answering the question with relevant specifics and thoughtful analysis 🙂
Question: How do you see America and the world changing in Chapters 25-28?
Answer the question in an essay of about four pages (about 10-12 paragraphs).
This essay should include, within it, at least two key terms or questions from each of the reading handouts for Chapters 25-28. Please put each key term (or key words from a question) in bold the first time you discuss it in a significant way.
Also, Include at least four pictures with brief descriptions to note how they help us grasp the main points.
At the start, include an introduction, where you give an overview of the major events or trends you wish to cover.
At the end, include a conclusion, where you note how events of the era shaped the world we live in today.
PLEASE USE THIS BOOK:
Roark, The American Promise: A Concise History, Volume II: From 1865. Fifth Edition.
Chapter 25: The US and the Second World War, 1939-1945
Good Neighbor Policy (683)
Japanese Americans (691, 692-693)
Double V Campaign/NAACP (698-699)
Stalingrad (701, 703)
D Day/Normandy (703-703)
Manhattan Project (705)
Explain: “The First World War left a dangerous and ultimately deadly legacy.” (682)
Describe the behavior of Germany, Italy and Japan in the era after World War I. (682, 684)
Describe the foreign policy of President Roosevelt in the early to mid 1930s. (682-685)
What do the authors mean by “the price of noninvolvement” in foreign affairs? (684-685)
How did America respond to Nazi aggression in the early stages of World War II? (687-688)
How did the relationship between the US and Japan deteriorate before Pearl Harbor? (688-690)
Comment: “(In contrast to Hitler), Japanese ambitions in Asia clashed more openly with American interests and commitments.” (689)
How did Americans prepare for a major role in the Second World War? (690-695)
Explain how the US played a key role in winning the war for the Allies. (695-697)
Describe the role on women and families in supporting America’s war effort. (697-698)
Why were Americans slow to respond to reports of Nazi crimes against humanity? (700-701)
Why did Roosevelt and Churchill find it necessary to work with Stalin? (701-704)
Describe how Japan was defeated. Why did Truman use the Atomic Bomb? (705-707)
Why did the US emerge as a “Superpower” in the aftermath of World War II? (708)
Nazi-Soviet Pact, August 1939
Poster for Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
Japanese American Internment camps
“Rosie the Riveter” poster from War Production Co-Ordinating Committee
Red Army at Stalingrad, 1943
Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, 1944
Chapter 27: The Politics and Culture of Abundance, 1952-1960
Ho Chi Minh /Geneva Accords
Mossadegh/Shah of Iran
Nuclear Arms Race
Brown vs. Board of Education
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Describe the domestic agenda of Pres. Eisenhower. Why was this called the “Middle Way”?
How did U.S. policy toward Native American tribes change in the 1950s?
Comment: “Though Ike captured voters’ hearts, a majority of voters remained wedded to the policies of the Democrats.”
Describe how and where Eisenhower practiced the policy of containment. Do you see this policy as similar to Truman’s policy?
Why did Eisenhower change defense policy to emphasize nuclear weapons?
Why did the U.S. become increasingly involved in Vietnam in the 1950s?
Explain how the U.S. was involved in Latin America and the Middle East in the 1950s.
Explain how postwar technology transformed American farms and industries.
What do the authors mean by the “democratization of higher education”?
What evidence do you see of an emphasis on family life and religion in the 1950s?
How would you explain the growth of a feminist movement during this era?
Describe the impact of television on culture and politics in the 1950s.
Comment: “The general prosperity, however, masked a number of developments and problems that Americans would face head-on in later years…” (Conclusion)
Eisenhower and Nixon in 1952; some of their campaign volunteers are below
Bracero with short handled hoe, 1956
Mexican peasants gather at a Bracero recruitment point in Mexico, 1956
James Dean and Marlon Brando
Segregated school in Arkansas, 1949
Victorious attorneys in Brown v. Board, 1954
Rosa Parks and a young minister