History Questions


1)What informed Truman’s Cold War ideology and how did he enlarge executive power to address the Cold War? How did the Cold War become a global war (explain)? How would you compare Truman’s handling of the Berlin Blockade to Kennedy’s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis (What’s your opinion)? How does Cold War foreign policy change in the early 1970s compared to past decades, and what policies supported this change? How did the Carter administration redirect Cold War foreign policy and what examples can you discuss to support this initiative? Finally, how did Reagan’s approach to Cold War foreign policy differ from previous presidents (explain)?

2)How was women’s freedom debated in the 1920s? How did Alice Paul influence this debate and was she successful (explain)? How did the emergence of suburbia change the role of women in the 1950s economically? What impact did media (films, T.V. etc.) have on women during this era, and how did it influence notions of feminism? What changes occur for women in the 1960s in terms of politics and social activism, and what impact did Betty Friedan have on these changes? Finally, how did conservatism influence notions of feminism in the early 1970s?

3)Why is the emergence of Harlem important to African American history, and what makes this generation of young African Americans in the 1920s different from the previous generation? Discuss the seminal issue of the black freedom movement of the mid-1950s and relate it to two key events that empowered the black community to advance its cause. As a result of these events, how did the freedom movement embody leadership and consensus? Examine the movement a decade later in the late-1960s and discuss the changes i.e. issues and leadership. Finally, what were the issues that effected African Americans in the early 1970s, and how were these issues addressed?

4)How did the decade of the 1920s show great promise economically while masking the problems that would manifest by the end of the decade? What was the key issue that FDR needed to address in his first New Deal and what programs addressed this issue (discuss these)? What was FDR’s focus in the second New Deal and what programs were implemented? How does the New Deal of the 1930s differ from the Great Society of the 1960s in terms of economically challenged Americans? How did LBJ address this issue in terms of programs? Discuss the declining U.S. economy during the 1970s under both Nixon and Carter and how they differed in their thinking and policy. Finally, what made Reagan and FDR different in their approach to the economy and why was the Reagan era often referred to as the Second Gilded Age?

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