CDV of the Week: #14 Truth

Unit 7: The Modern World (32-34)
As we wind down the semester, we will look at the past 40 years of U.S. History. As both the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War wound down, changes emerged in America’s domestic affairs. The purpose of this unit will be to evaluate the factors that led to the end of the cold war including détente, policies of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. and their leaders (President Reagan and Premier Gorbachev), the political breakup of the Soviet Union, and the Warsaw Pact. This unit will also attempt to explore the role of the United States as a super-power in the post-Cold War world, including advantages, disadvantages, and new challenges (e.g., military missions in Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Gulf War).

As we read chapter 32, the essential questions will include
  • What was U.S. foreign policy during the cold war?
  • What factors led to the end of the cold war?
Then as we read chapter 33, we will look at the politics of the 1980s under President Reagan’s administration. Since the U.S. politics of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries reflected a global trend toward conservatism, these policies were both economic and social. Conservative policies were viewed by many as an antidote to the “liberal excesses of the 1960s and 1970s” and a reaction against the policies of both Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Intense partisanship, regional differences, and conservative and evangelical movements were part of that trend.

Finally with chapter 34, we will examine the past 20 years of America history by looking at both foreign (Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Gulf War) and domestic policies (welfare, technology boom and bust). We will also analyze how the attacks of September 11 and the response to terrorism have altered American domestic and international policies with the creation of the Office of Homeland Security, Patriot Act, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

During Unit 7, your research and writing skills will culminate in a research project where you explore one of the following essential questions and compare to history:

  • Should the United States act as the “police” for the world?
    •  Look at the role the US played in the past (17.2, 17.3, 19.1, 24.1, 25.3, 26.3,26.4, 31)
    •  and what we are doing now (e.g. Syria, Iraq, East Asia)
  • Should the president be allowed to conduct covert (secret) foreign policy?
    • Look at the Bay of Pigs (29.3), Nixon & Pentagon Papers (31.4, 32.3), and Iran Contra Affair (33.3)
  • Did the Cold War pave the way for global terrorism?
    • Look at how we fought the Cold War abroad: 26.3, 26.4, 31, 29.3, 31.4, 33.2
    • Identify different terrorist groups (ISIS, Talban, Al Qaida, and Boko Harem, etc)
  • Does the United States have a mission to expand freedom and democracy to the world?
    • Look Unit II and Imperialism (17.2, 17.3, 17.4) and Unit IV with WWII (24.1, 24.4, 25.3) and then the Cold War (26.3, 26.4, 31, 33.2)
    • Does the United States have a fair immigration policy?
      • Look at the immigration policies throughout the different units: 15.2, 19.4, 21.1 (719), 26.2, 29.2, 34.3
      •  compare with today. Will need to understand the immigration process
    • Should states be able to ignore the laws of the federal government?
      • Look at Civil Rights with Little Rock 9 (28.1), Freedom Rides and James Meredith (28.3)
      • and look at examples from today 
    • Does the rise of suffrage (right to vote) make the United States more democratic?
      • Study women’s suffrage (18.4, 20.1), African American (16.3, 28) and compare with today
    • Is the federal government obligated to combat poverty in the United States?
      • look at FDR's New Deal in Unit III and JFK's New Frontier/ LBJ's Great Society in Unit VI (29.1 & 29.2)
    • Should the United States focus more on domestic threats or international ones?
      • First identify threats in history 
        • Domestic: Poverty (15.2, 22.2, 23.1, 29.1, 29.2), Racism (15.2, 19.4, 22.2, 26.2, 28, 30.2)
        • Foreign: 26.1, 26.2, 26.3, 26.4, 29.3, 31, 33.3
      • Then identify the threats today, then compare them.