1. What did you learn about the early part of the 20th Century America that you may not have known before?
- From the documentary, what did you learn that you previously did not know?
- Do you see any resemblance to the crash of 1929 to the more recent crash in 2008? Give an example or two as support to your initial comments.
Lecture and text discussion questions:
- Should the government increase your taxes so that it may sponsor programs to help the jobless attain jobs, victims of natural disasters (Hurricane Katrina for example), pay for everyone’s medical expenses, put restrictions and higher taxes on corporations, or should it reduce our taxes and let individuals and corporations survive and become successful on their own without any government assistance? Explain your answer with examples, personal experience etc.
- Agree or disagree with the following statement and support your answer with your best opinion: “America is a democracy (where freedom of choice is guaranteed by the Constitution), and all other nations should follow its lead because democracy is the only form of government which will be successful both politically and economically. Any country which does not become democratic should be crushed and reformed as a democratic nation.”
- “The U.S. has used immoral means to get what it wants; therefore it is a country based upon immoral principles.” Agree or disagree with this statement and provide an explanation of your opinion.
only following 3 questions are Due tonight:
- What 3 things did you find the most interesting about the documentary- Discuss a bit on each point.
- How did the Triangle Fire cause a change in industrial safety codes?
- Similar disasters now happen regularly where overseas labor is used. What ways, if any, do you think we, as consumers should put pressure on companies that use foreign labor to insure that they keep to better safety codes?