Unit 2: Moving to the World Stage - America from 1900 to 1940


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What is self-testing and how can it help you?


Possible Essay Questions

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3 Parts of the Unit and Resources and Reading Quizzes D, E, and F

Topic and Chapter #s

Links to the Reading Quiz for the Topic, Resources to Help You See the Facts As Part of the Whole, and Optional References

Progressivism: Roosevelt to Wilson


Chapters 20-21


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Resources and Reading Quiz

·         Quiz D  - printable for back-to-back use with the version with answers – Form to use to record your answers or handwritten if looks exactly like this

·         Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1901-1914 Era (administrations of Republicans Theodore Roosevelt and Taft and of Democrat Wilson)
What are you looking for?

-          Notice the new trends in American life.

-          Notice how the political parties are working and what is leading to reform.

-          Notice the former categories of labor (usually factory workers) and farmers.

-          Notice the new groups that are trying to alter their position in American politics and life.

·         Sketching the differences in the 3 presidents the sketch as a PDF
Tip: Looking at my sketch may help some of you. Making your own sketch as you read can help all of you. The only difference in a sketch I was doing for my use only iis that I would add page numbers to the sketch—not because I plan to cite, but because sooner or later I will have to retrace where I found a piece of evidence.

World War I
and Its Transformations Including Mass Culture


Chapters 21-23


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Resources and Reading Quiz

·         Quiz E  - printable for back-to-back use with the version with answers

·         Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1914-1921 Era (administration of Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, during World War I and the peace)
What are you looking for?

-          Notice what is happening in Europe in the years leading to war and how we get in the war.

-          Notice the new agencies in the national government created in response to World War I.

·         Snapshot from the 1870s to 1920s (PDF)  (a comparison between 1870s-1890s, 1895 to about 1920, and the Jazz Age (the 1920s)

How to use this resource to see how people, events, and trends fit together and change:

-          Use the PDF find feature to search for a name.

-          Look at rows on a specific issue to see change over time. Example: By looking at the rows on leisure, for example, you can see how things changed during the periods from the 1870s-1890s, from about 1895 to about 1920, and in the 1920s (also called the Jazz Age).

What are you looking for?

-          Notice what is going on in different areas (regions) and eras (time periods) of American life, including what is disappearing.

-          Notice the former categories of labor (usually factory workers), farmers, and the new number of white collar workers.

-          Notice how leisure changed over these three eras and in particular how it is in the Jazz Age.

·         Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1921-1929 Era (administrations of Harding and Coolidge and the election of Hoover, all Republicans)
What are you looking for?

-          Notice what is changing in this period in foreign policy (including disarmament in the early years) and notice the reparations-debt cycle.

-          Notice big business and government.

-          Notice the former category of farmers and the new interest group of veterans.

Great Depression, Seeds of the New Deal, and The New Deal and New Challenges


Chapters 24-25


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Resources and Reading Quiz

·         Quiz F - printable for back-to-back use with the version with answers

·         Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1929-1933 Era (Republican administration of Hoover and the Great Crash and the first years of the depression. These problems started before Hoover’s administration.)
What are you looking for?

-          Notice the categories of laborers, farmers, and veterans and the new category of the unemployed.

-          Notice government efforts to help business and later to provide relief.

-          Notice foreign policy changes.

·         Tools to help you confirm you read the textbook fully and understand the crisis of the Great Depression. These tools are handwritten but they show sets of related facts about:

-          What does the textbook show you about the reasons for the failure of the stock market?

-          AND about the crisis of liquidity of the banks and the failure of the banks and how that interconnects with the stock market

-          AND about the country’s fundamentals for the rich, farmers, and business--including GNP and market saturation, including the GNP and market saturation?

-          AND about the workers and about the responses in the first three years of this depression?

·         Tools to help you see the crisis on a single page and to see the connection between each problem in the crisis and each policy in the New Deal:

-          The table of problems without the New Deal Solutions – Try to complete the right side of the chart on your own before you look at the answers.

-          The table of problems with the New Deal Solutions


Reference If You Have a Question

·         About events and programs from 1933 to 1939, Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1933-1939 Era 
Footnotes provide descriptions to help you keep this era straight.– Use Ctrl-F to display a Find box and enter the word you are looking for or scroll down to look through this chronologically.

·         About the basic chronology (handwritten) of 1920s and 1930s of these nations:

-          Allied nations – Great Britain and France (Both broke)

-          Axis nations - Germany and Italy (Both Fascist)

-          Axis nations (Soviet Union later Allied) – Japan (Fascist and emperor worship) and Soviet Union (Communist)

-          China and 1920s Background on the Middle East
- China - Attacked by Japan and later a base for Allied attacks on Japan. Civil war briefly on hold between Nationalists (Chiang Kai-shek) and Communists (Mao Tse-tung – also spelled Mao Zedong)
- Middle East following World War I


>>>  TEMPORARY link of questions with answers for three quizzes for this Unit (I will remove all but Quiz F’s Monday): 1302_quiz_D_withanswers_Printable.pdf, 1302_Quiz_E_with_answers_Printable.pdf  1302_Quiz_F_Printable_OC_WITH_Answers.pdf  – Test yourself with the quiz without answers at the top. Grade yourself with these answers. Read what you do not know.



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