-Historian tend to portray the 50’s as a decade of prosperity, conformity and consensus, and the 60’s as a decade of turbulence, protest, and disillusionment. Be sure to address to what extent these two decades differed from each other politically and socially. Do you agree or disagree with this view?
-Compare the goals and strategies of Black reform movements in the period 1890 to 1910 to the goals and strategies of Black reform movements in the period 1950-1970.
-What accounted for the growth between 1940 and 1965 of popular and governmental concern for the position of Blacks in American society?
-Social dislocations resulting from wartime conditions frequently bring lasting change within a society. Evaluate the relevance of this generalization to American society in the twentieth century in view of the experience of Blacks AND women.
-Foreign affairs rather than domestic issues shaped presidential politics in the election year 1968. Support, refute or modify with specific reference to foreign and domestic issues.
-In what ways did the Great Society resemble the New Deal in its origins, goals, and social and political legacy? Cite specific programs and policies in support of your arguments.
-1968 was a turning point for the United States. Support, refute or modify? In your
answer, discuss TWO of the following:
National Politics Vietnam War Civil Rights
-Assess the success of the United States policy of containment in Asia between 1945 and 1975.
-How did the African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s address the failures of Reconstruction?
-Describe and account for changes in the American presidency between 1960 and 1975, as symbolized by Kennedy's "Camelot," Johnson's Great Society, and Nixon's Watergate. In your answer, address the powers of the presidency and the role of the media.
-Describe the patterns of immigration in TWO of the periods listed below. Compare and contrast the responses of Americans to immigrants in these periods.
1820-1860 1880 -1924 1965 -2000 (2005)
-Analyze TWO of the following movements and evaluate how they transformed American society in the 1960's and 1970s.
The Civil Rights Movement The antiwar movement The women's movement
-"Landslide presidential victories do not ensure continued political effectiveness or legislative success." Support, refute or modify by comparing TWO of the following presidential administrations.
Franklin Roosevelt (1936)
Lyndon Johnson (1964)
Richard Nixon (1972)
Ronald Reagan (1984)