· Modern Parallels: The
Berkeley Free Speech Movement.
4. The Dawn of Modern America
How was America transformed at the turn of the
What is the American Dream?
Urbanization, Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business.
Muckrakers and Union Activists.
Laissez-Faire Capitalism and Progressive Era Reforms.
5. With Liberty & Justice For All: The Struggle for Equal
Essential Question: How have Americans struggled to protect civil
liberties and extend
civil rights to all people?
The Women’s Rights
Attacks on Civil
Liberties During War Time.
The Civil Rights
6. The Great Depression and the New Deal
Essential Question: What role should the government play in economic
The Great Depression -
Its Causes and Consequences.
The New Deal
Transforms the American Economy.
7. The “Good War” - World War II and its Aftermath
Essential Question: Under what circumstances should America go to war?
Context of World War II.
Generation” - Oral Histories and the War at Home.
8. The Fifties: Cold War Tensions and Domestic
Essential Question: How did the 1950’s reflect the hopes and fears of
the post-war generation?
Cold War Skirmishes:
Korea, Cuba, and Beyond.
McCarthyism and the
Conformity and the Beat Generation.
9. The Vietnam Conflict & the 1960’s Counterculture
What role should the U.S. play in International Affairs?
were the values, triumphs and failings of the
The Origins and Course
of the Vietnam War.
Letters Home: The
War’s Impact on GIs and Civil Society.
The Anti-War Movement
and the Counterculture.
10. Final Reflection & Synthesis
Essential Question: What lessons can we, as a people,
learn from the
study of American