The differences between Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” and Woodrow Wilson’s “New Freedom/”
WWI: Be able to explain the contradictions in Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policy. How the peace was defeated by diplomatic choices Wilson made and by the German Kaiser’s choice in early 1917.
Great Depression: The major factors that contributed to the Great Depression How the government’s responses were ineffective by 1932.
What the New Deal did not do. What the most salient outcome of the New Deal was.
WWII/Cold War: How WWII transformed the role of the federal government. How the relationship between the federal government and private industry changed during the war. How organized labor was empowered.
About Friedrich A. Hayek’s argument that helped define modern conservatism.
The ideas of “The American Century” by Henry Luce and “The Price of Free World Victory” by Henry Wallace.
We’ll learn about the two groups from within the Democratic party that challenged Truman’s candidacy for the party’s presidential nomination in 1948. We will learn about their candidates, and their positions on their most important issues.
Affluent Society: Compare and contrast “libertarian conservatives” and “new conservatism,” their basic values and what they had in common.
Civil Rights/LBJ: About the scene in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 amidst the protests for economic opportunity and desegregation and what white Americans were forced to decide in the wake of events in Birmingham.
About the 1964 Civil Rights Act and what was not addressed in the law, what later act addressed that issue, and what President Lyndon B. Johnson feared the most by the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Nixon: How Nixon changed American foreign policy and why it went against conservative principles at the time. About Nixon’s greatest foreign policy achievement, and how it most enduring considering the world we live in today