UNIT XVIII – THE COLD WAR QUEST FOR PEACE AND SECURITYHere is the youtube link to Letters From Vietnam:
I. Postwar America
Text 910-917 (first paragraph)
How much of the prosperity of this time period is an illusion conjured by a semi-permanent war economy? Explain your response.
II. The Cold War Begins
Text 920-923 (all), 926-928 (top paragraph, second column), 941; Spirit II 433-435 (Freeman), 435-437 (Stettinius)
Could rancor between the United States and the Soviet Union that developed in the waning days of WWII and the postwar period been avoided? If so, how? If not, why not?
III. Stalemate in Korea
Text 937-939, 948-950 (top sentence)
Is the Korean War a win, loss, or tie for the United States? Support your position.
IV. The General Takes Over
Text 950-951 (top four lines, 2nd column), 957-958; Spirit II 465-466 (McCarthy), 466-468 (Smith)
Is the comparison of the McCarthy Communist Hearings to Salem Witch
Trials a fair one? Why or why not?
V. Stirrings of Desegregation
Text 951-953 (all), 954-955, 956-957 (first paragraph)
What factors existed at this time period that allowed resistance to segregation to take root? Why did it not occur to this extent before now?
VI. Foreign Affairs of the Eisenhower Years
Text 958- 964; Spirit 463-464 (Eisenhower) MODERATION
What foreign policy philosophy dominates the Eisenhower years? Is it effective? Explain.
VII. The 50’s come to a close
Text 964-966, 968-969; Spirit II 492-494 (Eisenhower)
In what ways is the Election of 1960 a “passing of the torch”?
UNIT XIX – THE STORMY SIXTIES
I. JFK’s New Frontier
Text 972-974, 979-982 (top paragraph)
How much progress was Kennedy able to make in his domestic initiatives during his short presidency?
II. Nadir of Relations: Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy’s Cold War
Text 976-979; Spirit II 496-497 (Kennedy), 498 (Khruschev), 499 (Kennedy), 499-500(Izvestia)
Assess Kennedy’s handling of the two Cuban crises of his administration.
III. LBJ’s Great Society
Text 982-988 (top); Spirit II 503-504 (Johnson), 504-505 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Is Johnson’s concept of a “Great Society” a fulfillment of American ideals of fairness, equality, and compassion; or is it a betrayal of American principles of individualism, limited government, and economic liberty?
IV. The Quagmire of Vietnam
Spirit II 526-527 (Johnson), 529-532 (McNamara), 532-533 (MyLai), 534-535 (Soldiers), 536 (Mauldin Cartoon)
Is US action in Vietnam justified? Why or why not?
V. Lessons from Southeast Asia
Spirit II 547-549 (Nixon), 549-551 (St. Louis Dispatch), 555-556 (Nixon), 557-558 (Des Moines Register)
What factors support the assertion that the United States "lost" in Vietnam? What might the United States have done differently to "win" the Vietnam War?
VI. Nixonian Foreign Policy
Text 1002-1007, 1012-1013 (first paragraph)
Is foreign policy under Richard Nixon a success or failure? Provide specific examples.
VII. America under Nixon’s Adminstration
Text 1007-1011 (first column), 1013-1014
What positive lessons are there for the United States to learn from the Watergate Scandal?UNIT XX: MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY: WORLD LEADER OR FALLING GIANT?
I. Our First Unelected President
Text 1016, 1021, 1024
Is Ford to be lauded or vilified for pardoning Nixon?
II. Nice Guys Finish Last – the Carter Years
What problems dominated the Carter years that conspired to have him confined to a single-term presidency?
III. “Morning In America” – the Return of Conservatism
Text 1031-1037 (half of 2nd column), 1040-1046 (top), 1054-1055
What caused a resurgence of conservatism in the 1980s? How is that resurgence reflected in policy of the Reagan years? Is Reagan generally an accomplished political leader, or simple a talented actor playing a role? Explain.
IV. A Whimper, not a Bang: The Cold War Comes to a Close
Text 1037-1040, 1046-1049; Spirit 592-596 (Four Views)
Did America “win” the Cold War? Why or why not?
V. A New World Order
Was Bush wise to pursue limited goals in the Persian Gulf War, or should he have lobbied for the removal of Saddam Hussein? Why didn’t he do so?
VI. The Baby Boomers Take Charge
Text 1056-1064 (top paragraph)
Did President Clinton’s actions in the Lewinsky Affair rise to the level of an impeachable offense? Why or why not?
VII. The 2000 Election Debacle and the Tragedy of 9-11
Is the USA Patriot Act an appropriate government response to the dangers posed by international terrorism or a violation of constitutional rights? Support your position.