Critical Thinking questions (please write both questions and answers 1 paragraph EACH and cite the work) Ch 21 14. Which of the primary features of grassroots Progressivism was the most essential to the continued growth and success of the reformist movement? Why? 15. Describe the multiple groups and leaders that emerged in the fight for the Progressive agenda, including womens rights, African American rights, and workers rights. How were the philosophies, agendas, strategies, and approaches of these leaders and organizations similar and different? What made it difficult for all Progressive activists to present a united front? 16. How did President Theodore Roosevelts Square Deal epitomize the notion that the federal government should serve as a steward protecting the publics interests? 17. How did the goals and reform agenda of the Progressive Era manifest themselves during the presidential administrations of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson? 18. What vestiges of Progressivism can we see in our modern livespolitically, economically, and socially? Which of our present-day political processes, laws, institutions, and attitudes have roots in this era? Why have they had such staying power? CH 22 16. Describe the United States movement from isolationism to expansion-mindedness in the final decades of the nineteenth century. What ideas and philosophies underpinned this transformation? 17. What specific forces or interests transformed the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world between 1865 and 1890? 18. How did Tafts dollar diplomacy differ from Roosevelts big stick policy? Was one approach more or less successful than the other? How so? 19. What economic and political conditions had to exist for Tafts dollar diplomacy to be effective? 20. What factors conspired to propel the United States to emerge as a military and economic powerhouse prior to World War II? CH 23 16. Why was preparation crucial to ensuring U.S. victory in World War I? 17. Why was the peace process at the wars end so lengthy? What complications did Wilson encounter in his attempts to promote the process and realize his postwar vision? 18. What changes did the war bring to the everyday lives of Americans? How lasting were these changes? 19. What role did propaganda play in World War I? How might the absence of propaganda have changed the circumstances or the outcome of the war? 20. What new opportunities did the war present for women and African Americans? What limitations did these groups continue to face in spite of these opportunities? 21. Did racism within the universal suffrage movement undermine its core values? 22. Did violence and mistreatment of African Americans accelerate or limit the Great Migration? CH 24 17. Explain how the 1920s was a decade of contradictions. What does the relationship between mass immigration and the rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan tell us about American attitudes? How might we reconcile the decade as the period of both the flapper and prohibition? 18. What new opportunities did the 1920s provide for women and African Americans? What new limitations did this era impose? 19. Discuss what the concept of modernity meant in the 1920s. How did art and innovation in the decade reflect the new mood of the postwar era? 20. Explain how technology took American culture in new and different directions. What role did motion pictures and radio play in shaping cultural attitudes in the United States? 21. Discuss how politics of the 1920s reflected the new postwar mood of the country. What did the Harding administrations policies attempt to achieve, and how? CH 25 12. What were the possible causes of the Great Depression? To what extent could a stock market crash of the intensity of 1929 occur again in America? 13. Why did people feel so confident before the stock market crash of 1929? What were some factors that led to irrational investing? 14. Why was Herbert Hoovers response to the initial months of the Great Depression so limited in scope? 15. How did the cultural products of the Great Depression serve to reflect, shape, and assuage Americans fears and concerns during this volatile period? How do our cultural productssuch as books, movies, and musicreflect and reinforce our values in our own times? 16. To what extent did the Great Depression catalyze important changes in Americans perceptions of themselves, their national identity, and the role of their government? What evidence of these shifts can you find in the politics and values of our own times? 17. Why is Herbert Hoover so often blamed for the Great Depression? To what extent is such an assessment fair or accurate?
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