2012 Apush 40 Essays

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1. To what extent was late nine-teenth-century and early twentieth century United States expansionism a continuation of past expansionism and to what extent was it a departure? Use your knowledge of US history to 1914 to construct your answer 2. In what ways were the late-nineteenth-century Populists the heirs of the Jacksonian Democrats with respect to overall objectives AND specific proposals for reform? 3. Analyze the ways in which supporters of slavery in the nineteenth century used legal, religious, and economic arguments to defend the institution of slavery 4. Analyze the extent to which TWO of the following influenced the development of democracy between 1820 and 1840 Jacksonian economic policy

Changes in electoral politics
Second Great Awakening
Westward Movement
5. Analyze the ways in which the Great Depression altered to social fabric in the 1930s 6. Discuss the impact of territorial expansion on national unity between 1800-1850 7. Analyze the consequences of the Civil War with respect to any TWO of the following in the United States between 1865 and 1880 Agriculture

Labor
Industrialization
Transportation
8. Analyze the impact of any TWO of the following on the American industrial worker between 1865-1900 Government actions
Immigration
Labor Unions
Technological changes
9. To what extent did religious freedom exist in the British North American colonies prior to 1750? 10. Analyze the ways in which controversy over the extension of slavery into western territories contributed to the coming of the Civil War Confine your answer to the period of 1845-1861

11. Analyze the roles that women played in Progressive Era reforms from the 1880s through 1920. Focus your essay on TWO of the following. Politics
Social conditions
Labor and working conditions
12. Explain the causes and consequences of TWO of the following population movements in the United States during the period 1945-1985 Suburbanization
The growth of the Sun Belt
Immigration to the United States
13. From 1775 to 1840, many African Americans gained freedom from slavery, yet during the same period the institution of slavery expanded. Explain why BOTH of those changes took place. Analyze the ways that BOTH free African Americans and enslaved African Americans responded to the challenges confronting them. 14. Analyze the home-front experiences of TWO of the following groups during the Second World War. African Americans

Japanese Americans
Jewish Americans
Mexican Americans
15. To what extent had the colonists developed a sense of unity and identity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution? Use your knowledge of the period 1750-1776 to answer your question 16. How were the lives of the Plains Indians in the second half of the nineteenth century affected by technology and government actions? 17. Historians have traditionally labeled the period after the War of 1812 as the “Era of Good Feeling” Evaluate the accuracy of the label considering the rise of nationalism and sectionalism. Use your knowledge of the period 1815-1825 to construct your response. 18. How did the African American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s address the failures of the Reconstruction era? 19. To what extent did the United States accomplish the objectives that led it to enter the First World War? 20. “Reform movements of the twentieth century have shown continuity in their goals and strategies” Assess the validity of this statement for TWO of the following pairs of reform movements. Progressivism and the New Deal

Women’s suffrage and post-Second World War Feminism
The New Deal and the Great Society
21. Hamiltonian Federalists, Wilsonian Democrats, and New Dealers wanted the government to play a significant role in the American economy. What did each group want the government to do? How do you account for the differences in their policies? 22. “Although often defended and attacked on purely...
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