Describe the philosophy of Manifest Destiny

Describe the philosophy of Manifest Destiny. What effect did it have on America’s westward migration? How might the different groups that migrated have sought to apply this philosophy to their individual circumstances? compare the myth of the “Wild West” with its reality. What elements of truth would these stories have contained, and what was fabricated or left out? What was life actually like for cowboys, ranchers, and the few women present in mining towns or along the cattle range? What were the primary methods that the U.S. government, as well as individual reformers, used to deal with the perceived Indian threat to westward settlement? In what ways were these methods successful and unsuccessful? What were their short-term and long-term effects on Native Americans? Describe the ways in which the U.S. government, local governments, and/or individuals attempted to interfere with the specific cultural traditions and customs of Native Americans, Hispanics, and Chinese immigrants. What did these efforts have in common? How did each group respond? In what ways did westward expansion provide new opportunities for women and African Americans/ In what ways did it limit these opportunities? Industrialization (Ch. 18) (Links to an external site.): Respond to one or more of these prompts using primary and secondary sources: Consider the fact that the light bulb and the telephone were invented only three years apart. Although it took many more years for such devices to find their way into common household use, they eventually wrought major changes in a relatively brief period of time. What effects did these inventions have on the lives of those who used them? Are there contemporary analogies in your lifetime of significant changes due to inventions or technological innovations? Industrialization, immigration, and urbanization all took place on an unprecedented scale during this era. What were the relationships of these processes to one another? How did each process serve to catalyze and fuel the others? Describe the various attempts at labor organization in this era, from the Molly Maguires to the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor. How were the goals, philosophies, and tactics of these groups similar and different? How did their agendas represent the concerns and grievances of their members and of workers more generally? Describe the various violent clashes between labor and management that occurred during this era. What do these events reveal about how each group had come to view the other? How did the new industrial order represent both new opportunities and new limitations for rural and working-class urban Americans? World War II (Ch. 27): (Links to an external site.) Respond to one or more of these prompts using primary and secondary sources: Given that the Japanese war against China began in 1937 and German aggression began in Europe in 1936, why was it not until 1941 that the United States joined the war against the Axis powers? Was the decision to stay out of the war until 1941 a wise one on the part of the United States? Should the United States have done more to help European Jews during the 1930s? What could it have done? What are the lasting impacts? In what ways did World War II improve the status of women and African Americans in the United States? What are the lasting impacts? Should the U.S. government have ordered the internment of Japanese Americans? Does the fear of espionage or sabotage justify depriving American citizens of their rights? What are the lasting impacts of these internments? Must use AT LEAST two primary sources AND two secondary sources other than your textbook. You may use more than two of each, but you may not use less than two primary sources AND two secondary sources.

  • Westward Expansion (Ch. 17)(Links to an external site.): Respond to one or more of these prompts using primary and secondary sources:
    • Describe the philosophy of Manifest Destiny. What effect did it have on America’s westward migration? How might the different groups that migrated have sought to apply this philosophy to their individual circumstances?
    • compare the myth of the “Wild West” with its reality. What elements of truth would these stories have contained, and what was fabricated or left out? What was life actually like for cowboys, ranchers, and the few women present in mining towns or along the cattle range?
    • What were the primary methods that the U.S. government, as well as individual reformers, used to deal with the perceived Indian threat to westward settlement? In what ways were these methods successful and unsuccessful? What were their short-term and long-term effects on Native Americans?
    • Describe the ways in which the U.S. government, local governments, and/or individuals attempted to interfere with the specific cultural traditions and customs of Native Americans, Hispanics, and Chinese immigrants. What did these efforts have in common? How did each group respond?
    • In what ways did westward expansion provide new opportunities for women and African Americans/ In what ways did it limit these opportunities?
  • Industrialization (Ch. 18)(Links to an external site.): Respond to one or more of these prompts using primary and secondary sources:
    • Consider the fact that the light bulb and the telephone were invented only three years apart. Although it took many more years for such devices to find their way into common household use, they eventually wrought major changes in a relatively brief period of time. What effects did these inventions have on the lives of those who used them? Are there contemporary analogies in your lifetime of significant changes due to inventions or technological innovations?
    • Industrialization, immigration, and urbanization all took place on an unprecedented scale during this era. What were the relationships of these processes to one another? How did each process serve to catalyze and fuel the others?
    • Describe the various attempts at labor organization in this era, from the Molly Maguires to the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor. How were the goals, philosophies, and tactics of these groups similar and different? How did their agendas represent the concerns and grievances of their members and of workers more generally?
    • Describe the various violent clashes between labor and management that occurred during this era. What do these events reveal about how each group had come to view the other?
    • How did the new industrial order represent both new opportunities and new limitations for rural and working-class urban Americans?
  • World War II (Ch. 27):(Links to an external site.) Respond to one or more of these prompts using primary and secondary sources:
    • Given that the Japanese war against China began in 1937 and German aggression began in Europe in 1936, why was it not until 1941 that the United States joined the war against the Axis powers? Was the decision to stay out of the war until 1941 a wise one on the part of the United States?
    • Should the United States have done more to help European Jews during the 1930s? What could it have done? What are the lasting impacts?
    • In what ways did World War II improve the status of women and African Americans in the United States? What are the lasting impacts?
    • Should the U.S. government have ordered the internment of Japanese Americans? Does the fear of espionage or sabotage justify depriving American citizens of their rights? What are the lasting impacts of these internments?

https://openstax.org/books/us-history/pages/1-introduction  Link to textbook

 

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