Internal Assessment Topics
1 Was the slave trade in the British colonies motivated primarily by racial prejudice or economic profit? a. Jordan, Winthrop. White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1882. 1968 b. Morgan, Edmund. American Slavery, American Freedom. 1975
2 Was the American Revolution primarily ideological or social? a. Becker, Carl. Eve of the Revolution: A Chronicle of the Breach with England. 1920 b. Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. 1967
3 What were the motives of the founding fathers in creating the Constitution? a. Beard, Charles. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. 1913 b. Wood, Gordon. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. 1969
4 What were the roots and characteristics of Jacksonian democracy? a. Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. The Age of Jackson. 1945
b. Remini, Robert. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 (1981) and …the Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845 (1984)
5 What was the nature of the slavery system in the US in the 19th century? a. Elkins, Stanley. Slavery: A Problem in Institutional and Intellectual Life. 1959 b. Genovese, Eugene. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. 1974
6 To what extent was Andrew Jackson’s policy toward the Native Americans motivated by humanitarian impulses? a. Remini, Robert. Andrew Jackson and his Indian Wars. 2001
b. Wallace, Anthony F.C. The Long Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians. 1993
7 Why did the North win/South lose the US Civil War?
a. McPherson, James. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. 1988 b. Escott, Paul. After Secession: Jefferson Davis and the Failure of Confederate Nationalism 1978
8 To what extent should Abraham Lincoln get credit for ending slavery? a. Klingaman, William. Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation. 2001 b. Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. 1996
c. Oates, Stephen B. With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln. 1984
9 What was the primary cause of the US Civil War?
a. Potter, David M. The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861. 1976
b. Donald, David Herbert. Liberty and Union. 1978
10 To what extent was Reconstruction a success in gaining equality for the freed slaves? a. Stampp, Kenneth. The Era of Reconstruction. 1965
b. Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. 1988
11 What was the dominant factor in the US becoming an imperialist power at the end of the 19th century? a. Williams, William Appleman. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. 1959 b. Healy, David. Drive to Hegemony: The United States in the Caribbean. 1988
12 What were the roots of Progressivism?
a. Hofstadter, Richard. The Age of Reform: From Bryan to FDR 1955 b. Kolko, Gabriel. The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916. 1963
13 To what extent was the New Deal a departure form previous reform movements? a. Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. The Age of Roosevelt (3 vols.) 1957-1960 b. Hofstadter, Richard. The Age of Reform: From Bryan to FDR 1955
14 To what extent was FDR an interventionist/isolationist before US entry into World War II? a. Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945. 1979 b. Divine, Robert. Roosevelt and World War II. 1969
15 Evaluate the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower.
a. Ambrose, Steven. Eisenhower: The President. 1984
b. Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. The Cycles of American History. 1986
16 Why did the United States escalate the War in Vietnam?
a. Logevall, Fredrik, Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of the War in Vietnam. University of California Press, 1999.
b. Kaiser, David. American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War. Harvard University Press. 2000.
17 Why did the Chinese Intervene in the Korean War
a. Sergei N. Goncharov, John W. Lewis, & Xue Litai, Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao,...