7. The text states that with the rise of mass culture, “all of America was Americanizing.” To what extent and in what ways was this true?
8. The text describes the Great Depression as “the most severe test of the American people and their institutions since the Civil War.” What made this Depression so severe?
9. By 1934, conservative critics had begun to portray the New Deal as a significant intrusion of the federal government into the economy. To what extent was this true? Support your argument with reference to specific evidence from the chapter.
10. Was the New Deal a significant moment of progress for African Americans?
4. Choose two questions:
11. What roles did racial ideologies play in nationalist movements that led up to World War II and during the war itself? Consider beliefs and expressions regarding race on the parts of both Axis and Allied nations.
12. The Cold War saw a military escalation and increased expressions of nationalism in the United States, as well as a departure from New Deal policies that had empowered American workers. New corporate and legal strategies gave employers greater authority over labor than in previous decades. How did geopolitical tensions in this era help to bolster capitalists' influence over labor?
13. What impact did the African American civil rights movement have on other aspects of American life? How did the civil rights movement shape the 1960s into a “rights-conscious” era?
14. In what sense did the “ Sixties” begin before 1960 and continue beyond 1970? What events might one choose to define the beginning and the end of a “long Sixties,” and why?
5. choose two questions:
15. Did the nation move to the political right in the 1970s because of a “backlash” against “the Sixties”?
16. The chapter explores conflicting explanations for the end of the Cold War. Describe the arguments in that debate, including the position taken by this text.
17. In discussing the 1992 presidential campaign, the text states that Bill Clinton “saw himself in the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.” In what ways was “Clintonian liberalism” similar to New Deal liberalism, and in what ways was it different? Be sure to remain sensitive to how each president's ideas and policies may have changed over the course of his presidency.
18. How did Wal-Mart and other “big box” retailers “ transform the very structure of world capitalism” by the turn of the twenty-first century? What impact did this transformation have on ordinary Americans?
6. Answer questions 2-4 on the SLO worksheet attached.