“The 1920s were a decade of conflict and tension,” argues American Yawp. While this is true of any decade, “The New Era” of the 1920s witnessed particularly divisive conflicts over issues relating to race, religion, gender and immigration. In your essay, explain how immigration, the rise of fundamentalist Christianity, and the rise of the second Ku Klux Klan are interrelated. What do the relationships between them reveal about the conflicts and tensions of the 1920s? Again, be sure to explain how each is interrelated and do not simply explain each one separately.
“Before World War I, the American national state, though powerful, had been a ‘government out of sight,'” argues American Yawp. How did the Great Depression and New Deal of the 1930s transform the power and visibility of the federal government in the lives of Americans and why? What do you think were the two most important ways the New Deal transformed American’s relationship to their federal government?
How did issues related to the youth of America transform the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s? Pick two examples and analyze them in your essay.
According to Chapter 28, “The Unraveling,” in American Yawp, by the late 1960s and 1970s, it seemed as though America “was ready to unravel.” In your essay, first explain what is meant by “unraveling.” What exactly was unraveling in America during this time? Second, provide two examples of how America “unraveled” during this time period and explain why they happened. Last, how did these examples of “unraveling” transform America?