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1. Columbus

  1. Christopher Columbus was a murderer who should not be celebrated.

  2. Christopher Columbus discovered America and should be celebrated.


2. England

  1. England was a repressive mother country that the colonies had to break away from.

  2. England was a benign mother country that was justified in taxing the colonies.


3. Constitution

  1. The constitution was a document that was intended to create a free country with rights for all.

  2. The constitution was a document that was intended to protect the rights of the wealthy and give common people just enough power to keep them satisfied.


4. Slavery

  1. Slavery, as it developed in the United States, was unique from any other place in the world.

  2. Slavery, as it developed in the United States, was similar to the rest of the world.



5. Reconstruction

  1. Reconstruction was a success.

  2. Reconstruction was a failure.


6. Industrialists

  1. The early industrialists (Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc.) were heroes who made America strong.

  2. The early industrialists (Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc.) were greedy criminals who exploited the country and its workers.


7. War of Currents

  1. Thomas Edison rightfully won the War of Currents

  2. Nikola Tesla had better ideas and should have won the War of Currents


8. Prohibition

  1. Prohibition was a legitimate attempt to curb alcohol consumption and its negative consequences.

  2. Prohibition was not a legitimate attempt to curb alcohol consumption and its negative consequences.


9. Flappers

  1. Flappers were a positive role model for women and an essential part of the early feminist movement.

  2. Flappers were a negative role model for women and a detriment the feminist movement


10. The New Deal

  1. The New Deal was a good thing for America.

  2. The New Deal was a bad thing for America.


11. Japanese Internment

  1. The U.S. government was justified in interning Japanese Americans.

  2. The U.S. government was not justified in interning Japanese Americans.


12. Atomic Bomb

  1. The U.S. should have dropped the atomic bombs to end WWII.

  2. The U.S. should not have dropped the atomic bombs to end WWII.


13. Cold War

  1. The Cold War was mainly the Soviet Union’s fault.

  2. The Cold War was mainly the U.S.’ fault.


14. Space Race

  1. The money spent on the space race was a legitimate use of government funds.

  2. The money spent on the space race was not a legitimate use of government funds.


15. Martin Luther King & Malcolm X

  1. The beliefs and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. were more helpful to African Americans than those of Malcolm X.

  2. The beliefs and actions of Malcolm X were more helpful to African Americans than those of Martin Luther King, Jr.


16. Black Panther Party

  1. The Black Panther Party was good for the black community.

  2. The Black Panther Party was bad for the black community.


17. Vietnam War

  1. The Vietnam War was unwinnable for the U.S. and should have been stopped by 1970.

  2. The Vietnam War could have been won if the U.S. had fought it more effectively.


18. 1960s

  1. The teen rebellion of the 1960s had more positive consequences than negative.

  2. The teen rebellion of the 1960s had more negative consequences than positive.


19. Richard Nixon

  1. Richard Nixon should not have been forced to resign.

  2. Richard Nixon should have been forced to resign.


20. War

  1. Citizens have the right and duty to protest against wars they disagree with.

  2. Citizens should be loyal to their government and refrain from protest during war.


21. American Foreign Policy

  1. United States foreign policy has been primarily been  based upon promoting democracy around the world.

  2. United States foreign policy has been primarily based upon  imperialism and control of the world’s resources.
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