Write two short essays, approximately one page each, connecting one aspect of history or historical event to a current-day topic. Be sure to answer all parts of the question, show your thorough understanding of the historical event, and support your analysis of how this event affects us today. See the rubric below for information on how your essay will be assessed. Choose two of the following topics:
Choose 2 question(s) to answer.
1. What measures and precautions do we have in place today so that a huge economic disaster such as the Great Depression cannot occur again? Explain, drawing on your knowledge of the causes of the Great Depression, the role of the New Deal, and what ended the Depression.
2. List and briefly explain three long lasting effects from WW2. How might the world have been different today if the Axis Powers had won the war? Draw on your knowledge of WW2, including its causes in both Europe and Asia, the differences between the type of fighting that took place in Europe and in the Pacific Islands, and atrocities in this war that had not occurred in other wars.
3. What lessons could we draw today from the Korean and Vietnam Wars? And have we? Explain, drawing on your knowledge of the causes of the two wars, the United Nations’ role, and the difference in the way the two wars were fought by the military forces of both sides.
4. Explain how at least some of the policies of each postwar president still affect us today. Who was the best? Who was the worst? Why? Draw on your knowledge of the major contributions of, important events faced by, or decisions made by the postwar presidents — Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon.
5. Did civil rights efforts result in a broader and fuller participation of minorities in today’s America? Explain, drawing on your knowledge of the progress of civil rights in America from the Civil War to 1974. Mention specific groups — or even individuals — who have taken part in this struggle.
6. What lessons from the 1960s have we learned that apply to our society today? Explain, drawing on your knowledge of the major events and forces of the 1960s politically, socially, and in foreign relations.
7. Though the road has been bumpy — full of stops and starts and some steps backward — the United States is moving toward its potential as a great democracy offering political and economic freedom to a large percentage of its citizens. Support or oppose this statement, drawing on your knowledge of specific historical events from the 1600s to the present.
Explain how the U.S. became a world power between 1890-1974.
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