Choose ONE of these and you will be asked to answer that question.(Be sure that in your essay you provide a clear and concise thesis as well as specific examples and supporting evidence in each essay.)
1. The changes to American society that occurred in the late nineteenth century led many in the United States to seek to reform and reshape society during the first decades of the twentieth century.What were the key events, movements, individuals and accomplishments of the so-called Progressive Era and what, if anything, caused an end to that movement towards reform?
2.How did U.S. involvement in World War II change American society?Be sure to include international events as well as the social, political, economic, and demographic effects.
3.After being allies during World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union entered a period of rivalry and confrontation afterwards that is labeled the Cold War.What were the factors that led to the confrontation between the two sides?How did the United States adjust to the Cold War in the years following the Second World War and what were the diplomatic, economic, and political strategies employed by both sides during that period?
4.The defining factor of American society during the 1920s and the 1950s was the incredible prosperity that was experienced by most during those decades.That prosperity, plus several technological innovations and repeats had enormous consequences for the American social and cultural landscape afterwards.What were the similarities and differences of both decades and in what ways did both set up the troubles of the decades of the 1930s and 1960s?