UNIT ONE - AMERICAN BEGINNINGS
Topic 1: What is the American
Topic 2: To what extent was the
colonization of America forged by greed?
Topic 3: How did the Puritans effect
the development of America?
Topic 4: In what ways did the North
develop a distinctly different culture from the South?
Topic 5: How democratic was colonial
Topic 6: How did the enlightenment
effect colonial thought?
Topic 7: How did the French and
Indian War sow the seeds of discontent?
Topic 8: How did the American
Topic 9: Are the ideas of the
Declaration of Independence still valid today?
UNIT TWO - A NEW NATION
Topic 10: Did the Articles of
Confederation create a weak government or did it meet the needs of
Topic 11: How did compromise help
create a more unified nation at the second constitutional
Topic 12: Why was a federal system
of government created?
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Topic 13: How does our system of
checks and balances help protect our rights?
Topic 14: How does a bill become a
Topic 15: Why do some consider our
method of electing a President undemocratic?
Topic 16: Why has the role of the
President of the United States become so complex
Topic 17: How does the Supreme Court
serve as the defender of the Constitution?
Topic 18: How does the bill of
rights protect our basic rights and liberties?
Topic 19: How does the unwritten
constitution help preserve our system of government?
Topic 20: Why can the Constitution
be referred to as a "living" document?
Topic 21: How did the existence of
political parties affect a young American nation? (Adams)
Topic 22: How effective were the
domestic policies of Washington and Hamilton?
Topic 23: How did the foreign
policies of Washington and Jefferson affect our nation?
Topic 24: Removed from syllabus.
Topic 25: Did America make the right
decision in going to war in 1812?
Topic 26: What changes took place in
America during the Presidency of James Monroe?
Topic 27: Should Andrew Jackson be
considered a champion of democracy?
Topic 28: Can individuals have an
impact on the problems of society?
UNIT THREE - THE NATION GROWS, DIVIDES AND REUNITES.
Topic 29: How was America divided in
the mid 1800's?
Topic 30: How did the South defend
Topic 31: Why was the abolition of
Slavery so hard to achieve?
Topic 32: How and why did America
Topic 33: How did America answer the
questions raised by westward expansion?
Topic 34: Who was to blame for the
Topic 35: Why did the Union prevail
in the Civil War?
Topic 36: How did the assassination
of Lincoln affect Reconstruction?
Topic 37: How successful was
Reconstruction in dealing with the problems of freedmen?
Topic 38: To what extent did the
reconstruction amendments create political equality for freedmen?
Topic 39: What happened to blacks
after Reconstruction came to an end?
Topic 39a: How was legal
segregation created in the south?
UNIT FOUR - THE RISE OF AN INDUSTRIAL GIANT
Topic 40: Were the policies and
actions of the United States Government towards the Native Americans
Topic 41: What was been America's
policy towards native Americans?
Topic 42: Why was the United Sates
destined to become an industrialized nation?
Topic 43: Why was America's
philosophy "right" for economic development?
Topic 44: Were the founders of
American industry "robber barons" or "captains of industry?"
Topic 45: How and why did American
business seek to eliminate competition?
Topic 46: How successful was the
American government in protecting the public from the elimination of
Topic 47: What was the effect of the
Industrial revolution on factory workers?
Topic 48: How did management respond
to the efforts of workers to form unions?
Topic 49: How successful were
efforts to organize a national labor movement in America?
Topic 50: Has the American
government been a friend or foe to unionism
Topic 51: How did farmers
attempt to solve their problems during the industrial revolution?
UNIT FIVE - ONTO A WORLD STAGE
Topic 52: Why did urban America fail
to meet the dreams and expectations of its tenants?
Topic 53: What was the legacy of
urban political leaders from the late 1800's to early 1900's?
Topic 54: Why did immigrants come to
Topic 55: To what extent has the
United States welcomed immigrants?
Topic 56: To what extent is America
Topic 57: What should be America's immigration policy? - No notes
available. This was a values clarification lesson.
Topic 58: Why did America have to
become an important sea power in the late 18th century?
Topic 59: How did the United States
Topic 60: Why did the United States
go to war with Spain?
Topic 61: How did the Spanish
American War make the United States a world power?
Topic 62: To what extent should the
United States be proud of its policies towards Latin America?
Topic 63: How should Americans feel
about the building of the Panama Canal?
Topic 64: How did America expand its
influence into Asia?
Topic 65: How did the Progressive
Movement seek to change America at the turn of the century?
Topic 66: How did America respond to
the cries of the progressives?
Topic 67: To what extent did
Theodore Roosevelt provide a "Square Deal" for the American
Topic 68: To what extent did Woodrow
Wilson provide a "New Freedom" for the American people?
Topic 69: How did the transportation
revolution change life in America?
Topic 70: How did life in the cities
improve during the Progressive Era?
Topic 71: How did African American
reformers at the turn of the century seek to improve the lives of
UNIT SIX - WORLD WAR I, CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
Topic 72: Why did the United States
enter World War One?
Topic 73: To what extent is it
acceptable to limit a citizens limit civil liberties?
Topic 74: To what extent was Woodrow
Wilson successful in brokering a "just and lasting peace?"
Topic 75: How did World War I change
the way Americans looked at the world?
Topic 76: How did American culture
and attitude change in the 1920's?
Topic 77: Can we legislate social
Topic 78: What does the curriculum
of the 1920's tell us about the values of time?
Topic 79: Should we expect our
politicians to be more honest than we are?
Topic 80: How did the passage of the
19th amendment change America?
Topic 81: How did the policies of
Harding and Coolidge affect America?
Topic 82: Why was the Great
depression a disaster waiting to happen?
Topic 83: How did the Great
Depression affect the lives and dreams of those who lived through
Topic 84: What was Franklin Delano
Roosevelt's plan to end the depression?
Topic 85: How did Roosevelt's New
Deal go about fixing the problems of the depression?
Topic 86: What was the opposition to
the New Deal and how did Roosevelt deal with it?
Topic 87: To what extent was America
in danger of falling into the hands of radicals and communists in the
Topic 88: To what extent did
minorities receive a "New Deal" in the 1930's?
Topic 89: To what extent did FDR's
New Deal end the Depression?
UNIT SEVEN - WORLD WAR II, CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
Topic 90: To what extent was the
policy of neutrality a realistic one?
Topic 91: What is the role of a
civilian population in a wartime society?
Topic 92: To what extent is it
acceptable for the government to limit civil liberties in time of
Topic 93: How influential was
America in deciding the outcome of World War II?
Topic 94: Was the U.S. justified in
dropping the Atomic bomb?
Topic 95: To what extent was the end
of World War II a reaction to the past?
The Cold War - An Outline of
Events and an Essay
Topic 96: Who is to blame for the
start of the Cold War?
Topic 97: How did America seek to
"contain" the spread of communism?
Topic 98: Should the government
silence dissent when faced with crisis?
Topic 99: What were the "hot
points" of the Cold War?
Topic 100: In what ways did the
Cold War lead to crisis in Latin America and Southeast Asia?
Topic 101: What efforts were made
at cooling off the Cold War?
Topic 102: Why did America win the
UNIT EIGHT - CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
Topic 103: How do John F. Kennedy
and Lyndon Baines Johnson compare as Presidents?
Topic 104: How effective was the
Civil Rights movement in bringing about social change in America?
Topic 105: How did the Warren Court
use judicial review to protect the rights of citizens?
Topic 106: How has the
Berger/Rehnquist Court effected the issue of rights in America?
Topic 107: How have recent U.S.
Presidents dealt with domestic and foreign issues?
Topic 109: How has America attempted to solve the domestic issues
it currently faces? - No notes available.
Syllabus allows for exam review, extra lessons for reinforcement,
term paper lessons, mandated lessons, visitations and two to three
weeks of Regents review.
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