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  • Period 1
    1491-1607
    Chapter 1-3
    Period 2
    1607-1754
    Chapter 2-5

    Discussion Topics

    1. Explorers, claims and conquests of European nations in the New World
    2. Americans, African, and European societies collide in the New World
    3. The founding of life in the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies
    4. The slave trade and slavery in colonial society
    Period 3
    1754-1800
    Chapters 5 - 10

    Discussion Topics

    1. The British Policies for American Colonies and American Reaction
    2. Are the British policies and the American Reaction justified?
    3. Reasons for the American Victory and the consequences of the war for both the Americans and the British
    4. The contributions of the free blacks and slaves in the American Revolution
    5. The constitution convention and the controversy over ratification of the U.S. constitution
    6. A comparison of the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution
    7. The development of Political Parties
    8. The slaves and Indians at the end of the Century

     

    Period 4
    1800-1848
    Chapter 11-17

    Discussion Topics

    1. Democratic-Republicans dominate politics
    2. The U.S. and British relationship as a result to the war of 1812
    3. The demise of the Federalist party
    4. Jackson’s contribution to the Presidency
    5. The struggle of State rights versus the national government
    6. Rise of the two-party system
    7. The changing west
    8. Diplomacy of war to acquire land
    9. The effects of expansion on free people, of color, slaves, Indians, and Women
    10. City life changes
    11. Slave life; myth and reality
    12. Arguments for and against slavery
    13. Hypocrisy of Slavery
    14. The Mexican American War
    Period 5
    1844-1877
    Chapter 14-22

    Discussion Topics

    1. Was the South justified in breaking away from the Union?
    2. Was Lincoln the Great Emancipator based on the Emancipation Proclamation
    3. How did the Confederacy hold out for four years?
    4. Does the war change the life of Freedmen?
    5. The struggle for control of Reconstruction and the effects on the nation
    Period 6
    1865-1900
    Chapter 22-27
    Discussion Topics
    1. The changing American Landscape
      1. Immigration
      2. Machines
      3. Urban Life
      4. West
    2. Populists
    3. Discrimination and Disfranchisement
    4. Disenchantment with both the Democrat and Republican Parties
    5. Can third parties succeed?
    6. Why some reforms succeeded and others failed
    7. The progressive presidents
    8. Spanish American War
    9. Imperialists v. Anti- Imperialists
    Period 7
    1890-1945
    ch. 27-35

    Discussion Topics

    1. Panama Canal
    2. Cuba
    3. Civil Liberties under challenge
    4. Wilson’s Fourteen Points
    5. Treaty of Versailles Controversy
    6. The effect of government on big business
    7. Who reaped the rewards of prosperity?
    8. Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover
    9. KKK
    10. Stock Market Crash
    11. The effects of the Great Depression on the marginalized people of the US
    12. Limits of the New Deal
    13. The impact of the government policies during the 1930s on the present time
    14. Why didn’t WWI prevent WWII
    15. How were Women and Minorities affected by war?
    16. The use of nuclear weapons
    17. The world after WWII

     

    Period 8
    1945-1980
    Chapter 35-39

    Discussion Topics

    1. Communism versus Democracy
    2. Korean War
    3. Russia and the Cold War
    4. Precautions taken in case of nuclear war
    5. Civil Rights
    6. Red Scare
    7. Vietnam War
    8. To what Extent should the U.S. be involved in other countries and under what circumstances?
    9. Foreign policies of President Nixon through Bush
    10. Watergate
    Period 9
    1980-Present
    Chapter 39-41

    Discussion Topics

    1. The Polarization of political parties
    2. The new economics of globalization