In this assignment you provide a historic analysis of a present-day political issue facing the United States. Completing this activity will give you the opportunity to explore the historic roots of a present-day policy and to use the knowledge of history.
The policy should cover one of the following areas:
racial and gender equity
the White House website and other resources, research the policy’s history from the early 1990s through the present.
Prepare a historic policy analysis of approximately 1000 words, that includes the following:
An overview of the issue and its relevance to American society.
A historic context that examines how the issue has been addressed by political leaders in the past.
Please include the views of at least four presidential administrations since the late 1970s.
A set of options that the current presidential administration might take to address the issue.
A reflection on what the current policy has accomplished in the past and of where it has fallen short.
A recommended action for the incoming presidential administration to take.
As you are writing, make sure that your analysis:
Examines how the issue reflects how the U.S. stands in terms of political, social, economic, and cultural issues, in comparison to where this course started, in 1865?
Assesses what the current administration’s approach to the policy will or will not accomplish.
Considers what more might be done to make the ideals of liberty, freedom, and equality accessible to everyone.
Module 05 Content
Throughout this course we have looked at a number of important events in American history since World War II. Each of the films below can be seen as a reflection (though a fictionalized account) of an event or period in recent American history: McCarthyism, Domestic Containment, Youth Rebellion, Beatlemania, the Cold War, Vietnam, Watergate, Civil Rights, or Feminism.
Select one film from the list below or another that has been approved by your instructor. Research, watch, and write an essay on how your selected film reflected American culture at the time. Discuss how your film can be seen as a historical artifact.
Select one of the following.
1950s: Sabrina (1954), Gigi (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Big Jim McLain (1952), Blackboard Jungle (1955), or Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
1960s: The Graduate (1967), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Easy Rider (1969), My Fair Lady (1964), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), or In the Heat of the Night (1967)
1970s: M*A*S*H (1970), Saturday Night Fever (1977), All the President’s Men (1976), or Nine to Five (1980)
Research your film.
What is the background of this film (e.g., characters, plot, release date)?
Focusing on a specific point in American history (McCarthyism, Domestic Containment, Youth Rebellion, Beatlemania, the Cold War, Vietnam, Watergate, Civil Rights, or Feminism), what social issues and historical events were taking place at the time the film was released?
Focusing on a specific point in American history, how do you see characters or elements from the film fitting in with important events and issues of the time? How is film a historical artifact (a reflection of the social, political, and cultural current events)?
Why do you think these fictionalized accounts of history created in Hollywood shape American’s perceptions of events more powerfully and profoundly than the printed word? Please be specific.
2-3 pages (double spaced)
Explain who or what is the subject of this documentary film, and why this person(s) or event(s) helps us better understand American history. Make a direct connection to our class and lecture material and how the film supports our class content. This is a more casual assignment than the paper, so you will not need MLA citation and I am not grading harshly for grammar and writing precepts. However, I will be looking to make sure you write clearly and follow proper grammar precepts as you would with any professional, collegiate writing.
U.S enters the war
-Violation of U.S neutrality. example:Lusitania, Sussex,Sinking
-America intercepts a german proposal to mexico for a joint alliance (germany asking mexico to attack the U.S)
-Spring 1917 germany return to unrestricted submarine warfare
-April 1917 congress declares war against germany.
Every year since 1927, TIME magazine has named a Person of the Year. The issue goes on to feature a person, a group, an idea, or an object that for better or worse has done the most to influence the events of the year.
In 1975, TIME named its Person of the Year “The American Women”. The opening lines of the famous issue from January 5, 1976, stated: “They have arrived like a new immigrant wave in male America. They may be cops, judges, military officers, telephone linemen, cab drivers, pipefitters, editors, business executives–or mothers and housewives, but not quite the same subordinate creatures they were before (Time, 1976).”
Americans saw this “new wave” nightly on their television sets. Characters like Mary Richards, Rhoda Morgenstern, Ann Romano, Maude Findley, and Alice Hyatt were all examples of the Second Wave of Feminism. They were women who had lived outside the home and wrestled with important issues of the day including dating, marriage, divorce, sexual harassment, equal pay, birth control, and abortion.
For your initial post, define the Second Wave Feminism and discuss how a character from a popular television show of the 1970s reflected the changing role of women in American culture at the time. Please be specific with details about characters and episode content.
Women of the year: Great changes, new chances, tough choices. (1976, January 5). Time, 1-13. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,947597,00.html
Prompt: President Franklin Roosevelt famously claimed that the United States was fighting World War
II in order to secure the “four freedoms” – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from
want, and freedom from fear – for both Americans and people around the world. Following the
war, America rose to international prominence and underwent significant internal
transformations. Did it also maintain its commitment to any or all of the “four freedoms”? Using
events in US history from 1945-2018 (covered in chapters 23-28 in our textbook) compose an essay
arguing whether the United States has done more to protect or threaten one or more of
Roosevelt’s “four freedoms” either internationally or domestically.
All essays are to conform to the conventions of academic writing (i.e. have an introduction, a thesis statement,
body paragraphs, a conclusion, etc.)
Remember that academic essays are not simply reports of facts but are sustained arguments – they put forward
an opinion and support it with evidence.
Your argument will whether or not America had done more to protect or threaten one or more of
Roosevelt’s “four freedoms.”
You will need to select at least one of the “four freedoms” to focus on and select events from
the period between 1945-2018 as evidence to support your argument.
Read the following selections from Voices of Freedom (refer to the table of contents for exact page numbers): Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home Life, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Women and Economics, Margaret Sanger on Free Motherhood, Carrie Chapman Catt Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage, Mrs. W.C. Lathrop New Freedom in the Home, Elsie Hill and Florence Kelley Debate the Equal Rights Amendment, The National Organization of Women, and Phyllis Schlafly The Fraud of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Write a short essay (1000-1500 words) that describes what these documents tell us about women’s lives, jobs, and political involvements since the Civil War. Your essay will be scanned for plagiarism, so do not use outside sources. If you do, you will receive a zero. Just use and cite the assigned readings.
Your essay must incorporate at least two excerpts/sentences from Voices. It must also must include at least two excerpts from Give Me Liberty. Also, your essay must be based on your examination of the Voices excerpts. If it is not, you will receive a grade of zero.
You must complete this assignment in order to get a C or better in this course. You should cite the excepts from the reading by providing the book title and page number in the text of your essay. Follow this model:
Olaudah Equiano wrote that when he was captured, “two men and a woman got over our walls, and in a moment seized us both” (Voices of Freedom 66).
Your essay must also have a proper introductory and concluding paragraph and you must meet the minimum word requirement (1000 words).
Summary of Requirements:
Description of what the listed documents from Voices of Freedom tells us about women’s lives, jobs, and political involvements since the Civil War
NO PLAGIARISM – NO OUTSIDE SOURCES, JUST THE ASSIGNED READING (In text citation with Book Title and page number)
Incorporate 2 examples/sentences from Voices Textbook
Incorporate 2 excerpts from Give Me Liberty
Based on your examination of the Voices excerpt
Proper introduction and conclusion paragraph
Textbook articles can be provided if needed.
Answer the following question. Suggested length is 4-7 pages with notes, and paper must contain at least one outside source. Your text and encyclopedias are not considered outside sources. Refer to the style guide or Turabian for proper form. Please submit as an attachment in WORD. Do not write in the text box or email your paper.
Papers should be double-spaced, and use default margins. You should use left justification. Font should be 12 pt. You should use basic fonts–nothing fancy or weird.
need to describe
Lincoln’s Proclamation of Amnesty and econstruction,
and then compare and contrast each plan
I have info on the Lincoln Reconstruction Plan, Andrew Johnson Reconstruction Plan,
and Radical Republican Reconstruction Plan that I can send
Describe each Plan
Compare and Contrast the differences between each plan
(DO NOT NEED 500 words for each plan, its 500 words all together)
Epoch Explorers 4: Essay on African American Self-Perceptions
Assignment Topic: “African Americans in 2021 and beyond.”
Select a topic relevant to African Americans, the African American experience, or African American history in the year 2021. (see below for suggested topics)
Complete a full essay (minimum 5 full paragraphs, minimum 5 sentences per paragraph)
Use at least 5 (five) outside references, at least3 of which must be African American resources.
Include an introduction and a conclusion (should be your first and last full paragraphs)
Use standard English grammar and spelling
Identify any quotations from your sources by citing the references (Turabian, APA or MLA styles/formats recommended)
Cite your sources with a full bibliographical citation
include the bibliographical citations of your sources at the end of your essay
cite/list your sources in your bibliography at the end of your essay, using standard bibliographical format (Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style, APA or MLA styles/formats recommended)
At least 3 of your 5 sources must be an African American source (if in doubt, check the origin of the source, eg., the homepage of the website).
Below you may find suggestions for your specific topic (select ONE of the suggestions). If you have problems selecting a specific topic, please consult the instructor via email. (Note: If you select a topic below with links already provided, note that these are to be used as starting points and that you are expected to find additional links/sources.)
African American activism in 2020
African Americans in the age of Corona Virus 19
African Americans and the election of 2020
African Americans and voter suppression in 2020
African American electoral victories in 2020 (select one example or one state)
Kamala Harris as the first major-party African American woman candidate for vice-president
African American self- perceptions in relation to The “Black Doll Test/Experiment” (see video attached)
The “Natural Hair Movement:” Fad or Lifestyle
Afrocentricity and African American Self-Perceptions
African Americans and the African Diaspora: Connections or Disconnect?
Below you may find suggestions for your specific topic (you may select ONE of the suggestions). If you have problems selecting a specific topic, please consult the instructor via email. (Note: If you select a topic below with links already provided, note that these are to be used as starting points and that you are expected to find 3 additional links/sources.)
African American perceptions of The “Black Doll Test/Experiment” (see video attached: Black doll White doll ; https://www.blackdollaffair.com/pages/doll-test-experiments; )
African American attitudes towards the “Natural Hair” movement (https://www.curlcentric.com/natural-hair-101/ ; https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-39195836 – note – this is a British source on the movement in the United Kingdom; https://bglh-marketplace.com/2015/01/the-natural-hair-movement-in-the-60s-and-70s-how-it-began-and-why-it-ended/ – note – the “phase” never ended for many; see also video “Good Hair” if available)
African American attitudes towards voting and political participation/candidates (eg., African American candidates for political office)
Cultural appropriation of African American culture by non-African American cultures/communities ( https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/27/rachel-dolezal-race-white ; https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/blackface-birth-american-stereotype ; https://www.vox.com/2014/10/29/7089591/why-is-blackface-offensive-halloween-costume )
Use of standard language skills vs “Black English/Ebonics” in professional settings (https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/what-ebonics-african-american-english ; AAVE | Ebonics is Not “Improper” English )
African American intra-racial stratification/”Colorism” (https://time.com/4512430/colorism-in-america/ ; https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-colorism-2834952 ; https://racism.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1707:colorism001&catid=116&Itemid=140&showall=&limitstart=3 ; see also videos “Dark Girls” and “Light Girls” if available)
African American attitudes towards institutionalized racism (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=343064719835818 – note: this video includes a Caucasian American woman’s experiment regarding racism, a valuable study;
“Code switching,” or “peeping/feeling you out” – see links to videos for clarification https://www.facebook.com/ATLBlackStar/videos/1348233008644802/?v=1348233008644802 ; Code-Switching ; The Cost of Code Switching | Chandra Arthur | TEDxOrlando; Everyday Struggle: Switching Codes for Survival | Harold Wallace III | TEDxPittsburgStateUniversity