Choose four questions. You may do any of the Recent History questions or Themes, as long as you do a total of four essays. Please write about one and a half pages for each topic you choose and include a picture with each essay. You can get extra points if you develop your main points especially well with extra writing or extra pictures. You may also do an extra essay.
Recent History. Use specific information from the reading to develop your points.
Pacific Relations. Explain how the US foreign policy has developed in relation to Asian nations in recent times. What key events have shaped the relationship? What can we learn from the experiences of the past fifty years? Discuss at least two Asian countries, such as China and Vietnam. (In addition to Chapter 29-31, you may also use info from student presentations.)
Progressivism in the 1970s. Though your book says America moved “to the right” in Chapter 30, progressives or “liberals” point to accomplishments in environmental protection, energy conservation, and human rights. In what ways was the 1970s actually a forward-looking era? Do you think President Carter or other leaders might have been ahead of their time? (Ch. 30)
Conservatives. Describe some of the policy ideas promoted by conservatives or “the right” from the late 1960s to recent times. How was Ronald Reagan a leader of this movement? How would you assess the long-range impact of the movement? Do you think conservatism has continued to gain ground since the Reagan years? (Chapters 30 and 31 have the information you need.)
Leadership. Which recent presidents, or other types of leaders, do you see having the most positive impact on our country in recent times? Using specifics from Chapters 30 or 31, assess the accomplishments of three leaders. What factors made them succeed or fail? Looking at Chapters 30 and 31, what lessons can we learn that would help us choose the best leaders?
Globalization. Based on your reading of Chapter 31, describe how America’s connection to the rest of the world has become increasingly important in the last three decades. In what ways has our country been influenced by world events? In what ways has our country sought to shape world events? Do you think these trends are new or really a continuation of earlier trends?