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1. PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATIONS:
         
-- Why were they given that particular title?
          -- What were the goals of that President?
          -- Was that title given to their administration appropriate?
 

  • Teddy Roosevelt --> "Square Deal"
  • Franklin Roosevelt --> "New Deal"
  • Harry Truman --> "Fair Deal"
  • John F. Kennedy --> "New Frontier"
  • Lyndon Johnson --> "Great Society"
  • Richard Nixon --> "New Federalism"
  • Ronald Reagan --> "New Federalism"

 

2.  MOST IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT CASES:
          -- What is the background of the case?
          -- What is the Supreme Court decision?
          -- How does the decision affect America?
  • Marbury v. Madison - 1803
  • McCulloch v. Maryland - 1819
  • Cherokee Nation v. Georgia - 1831
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford - 1857
  • Plessy v. Ferguson - 1896
  • Schenck v. U. S. - 1918
  • Korematsu v. U. S. - 1944
  • Brown v. Board of Education (Topeka, KS) - 1954
  • Mapp v. Ohio - 1961
  • Baker v. Carr - 1962
  • Engle v. Vitale - 1962
  • Gideon v. Wainwright - 1963
  • Escobedo v. Illinois - 1964
  • Miranda v. Arizona - 1966
  • Tinker v. Des Moines - 1969
  • The New York Times Co. v. U. S. - 1971
  • Roe v. Wade - 1973
  • U. S. v. Nixon - 1974
  • Bakke v. The Regents of the University of California - 1978
  • New Jersey v. TLO - 1985
  • Vernonia School District v. Action - 1995
  • Jones v. Clinton - 1997

 

3.  REFORM MOVEMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY:
  • Abolitionism
         -- Nat Turner
         -- Frederick Douglass
         -- Harriet Tubman
         -- John Brown
         -- William Lloyd Garrison
         -- Sojourner Truth
  • Women's Suffrage --> Seneca Falls Convention
         -- Lucretia Mott
         -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
         -- Susan B. Anthony
         -- Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Populism
         -- the Grange
         -- Farmers' Alliance
         -- bimetallism
         -- William Jennings Bryan --> "Cross of Gold" speech
  • Temperance
         -- Carrie Nation
         -- prohibition (a "dry" America) -- Volstead Act (1919)
         -- 18th Amendment (1920)
  • Progressivism
         -- muckrakers
         -- Governor Robert LaFollette (WI)
         -- initiative, referendum, recall
         -- 16th (1913), 17th (1913), 19th (1920) Amendments
         -- Jane Addams & Hull House --> settlement movement
  • Civil Rights
         -- Booker T. Washington
         -- W. E. B. DuBois
         -- Marcus Garvey
         -- Rosa Parks
         -- Little Rock Central H. S. integration
         -- Greensboro, SC sit-ins
         -- NAACP
         -- SNCC
         -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
         -- March on Washington -- "I have a dream..." speech
         -- Malcolm X
         -- Black Panthers
         -- Civil Rights Acts of 1964 & 1968
         -- Voting Rights Act of 1965
         -- 24th. Amendment (1964)
         -- affirmative action
  • Modern Feminism
         -- Betty Friedan -
    The Feminine Mystique
         -- N. O. W.
         -- E. R. A.
         -- Roe v. Wade (1973)
         -- Sandra Day O'Connor
         -- Geraldine Ferraro
         -- Janet Reno
         -- Madelaine Albright
  • "Brown" Power
         -- Caesar Chavez
         -- Brown Panthers
  • Native American Rights
         -- A. I. M.
         -- Wounded Knee standoff (1973)
  • "Grey" Power
         -- A. A. R. P.
         -- COLAs
     
4. SOME IMPORTANT LITERARY WORKS:
          -- What were the historical circumstance for which the book was written?
          -- What was the theme of the work?  What was it about?
          -- What impact did the book have on American history?
 
  • Common Sense -- Thomas Paine
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin -- Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Influence of Sea Power on History:  1660-1783 - Alfred Thayer Mahan
  • A Century of Dishonor - Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The Frontier in American History - Frederick Jackson Turner
  • How the Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis
  • The Jungle -- Upton Sinclair
  • The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Grapes of Wrath -- John Steinbeck
  • Silent Spring -- Rachel Carson
  • Unsafe At Any Speed -- Ralph Nader
  • The Feminine Mystique -- Betty Friedan
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee -- Dee Brown

 

5.  SOME KEY LEGISLATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY:
          -- What was the historical background which led to the legislation?
          -- What were the key elements of the legislation?
          -- What was the impact of that legislation on America?
 
  • Alien & Sedition Acts - 1798
  • Indian Removal Act - 1830
  • Homestead Act - 1862
  • Freedman's Bureau Act - 1866
  • Oriental Exclusion Act - 1882
  • Pendleton Act - 1883
  • Dawes [Severalty] Act - 1887
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act - 1890
  • Pure Food and Drug Act - 1906
  • Federal Reserve Act - 1913
  • Espionage & Sedition Acts - 1918
  • National Origins Act - 1929
  • Social Security Act - 1935
  • Wagner Act (National Labor Relations Act) - 1935
  • Lend-Lease Act - 1941
  • Taft-Hartley Act - 1947
  • Civil Rights Act - 1964
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution - 1964
  • Voting Rights Act - 1965
  • War Powers Act - 1973
  • Americans With Disabilities Act - 1990
  • Patriot Act - 2001

 

6.  AMERICA'S WARS / MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS:
  • 1775-1781 -- American Revolution
  • 1812-1814 -- War of 1812 -- James Madison
  • 1846-1848 -- Mexican-American War -- James Polk
  • 1861-1865 -- Civil War -- Abraham Lincoln
  • 1898 -- Spanish-American War -- William McKinley
  • 1914-1918 (US: 1917-1918) -- World War I -- Woodrow Wilson
  • 1939-1945 (US: 1941-1945) -- World War II -- FDR & Harry Truman
  • 1950-1953 -- Korean War -- Harry Truman & Dwight Eisenhower
  • 1964-1973 -- Vietnam War -- Lyndon Johnson & Richard Nixon
  • 1991 -- Persian Gulf War -- George H. W. Bush
  • 1999 -- Kosovo -- Bill Clinton
  • 2001-- present -- Afghan War - George W. Bush
  • 2003 - present -- Iraqi War - George W. Bush