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Research Paper Due Dates

Research Paper Due Dates:

1.   Research question due on Monday, March 12 (beginning of the period).

2.  Background reading and annotations due on Tuesday, March 13.  

3.  Last day to change your research question is Wednesday, March 14.

4.   Annotated bibliography due on Thursday, March 15.

5.  Thesis (Claim) due on Monday, March 19.

6.  Outline and final annotated bibliography due on Friday, March 23.

7. Outlines handed back over Spring Break and all outlines returned by Monday, April 2. Begin writing final research paper.

8.  Research paper due on Wednesday, April 25, through

Possible Questions

  1. Did racial segregation improve the status of African Americans?
  2. Did nineteenth century women of the West fail to overcome the hardships of living on the Great Plains?
  3. Did the Second Industrial Revolution disrupt the American family?
  4. Was John D. Rockefeller a “robber baron”?
  5. Did political machines benefit the urban poor?
  6. Was city government in late nineteenth century America a conspicuous failure?
  7. Were American workers in the Gilded Age conservative capitalists?
  8. Was the labor movement at the turn of the century radical or conservative?
  9. Why did Socialism fail in the United States?
  10. Did yellow journalism cause the Spanish-American War?
  11. To what extent was Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy successful?
  12. Who was more successful in terms of their domestic policy, President Wilson or President Roosevelt?
  13. Who was more successful in terms of their foreign policy, President Wilson or President Roosevelt?
  14. Was the decision in Muller v. Oregon a triumph for women?
  15. Did the conservation movement of the early 20th century successfully preserve the American environment?
  16. Were the Progressives primarily conservative or liberal?
  17. Did the Progressives fail in their endeavors?
  18. Was Margaret Sanger a heroic advocate for women’s rights or a proponent of eugenics and racial purity?
  19. Did WWI kill the Progressive Era?
  20. Did government sponsored propaganda during WWI violate First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and if so, should it have?
  21. Why did the Treaty of Versailles after WWI fail?
  22. Was Woodrow Wilson responsible for the failure of the United States to join the League of Nations?
  23. Was there a “new woman” who came of age in the 1920s?
  24. To what extent, was the 19th amendment a victory for women’s rights?
  25. Were the 1920s an era of social and cultural rebellion?
  26. Was President Hoover laissez-faire?
  27. Was American foreign policy in the 1920s and 1930s isolationist?
  28. Was the New Deal an evolution or a revolution?
  29. Who was more responsible for the success of the New Deal, President Roosevelt or “the masses”?
  30. Did President Roosevelt “make” the New Deal or did he merely respond to pressures and organizations from below?
  31. Did the New Deal prolong the Great Depression?
  32. Did FDR’s New Deal help or hinder African Americans?
  33. Was the “Bluesman” archetype an expression of a cultural reality in African-American society or a creation of artists and publicists designed to make money?
  34. Was Henry Ford a reactionary or a revolutionary?
  35. Was Huey Long a populist, a fascist, or a conservative?
  36. To what extent did President Roosevelt shape public opinion toward entering WWII?
  37. Assess the validity of the following quote: “At Tehran and Yalta, FDR and Winston Churchill drunkenly signed away the independence of Poland, for which Britain, `presumably, had gone to war. Stalin was permitted to keep the fruits of his evil pact with Hitler, and U.S. armies were deliberately held back to let the raping hordes of the Red Army take Vienna, Prague and Berlin. ‘Yalta,’ apex of FDR's diplomacy, is today a bitter curse in all of Eastern Europe.”  -- From “On the FDR Memorial: A Modest Dissent,” by Patrick J. Buchanan, May 16, 1997
  1. Was the World War II era a watershed for the civil rights movement?
  2. Was it necessary to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II?
  3. Who was to blame for the Cold War, the U.S. or the Soviet Union?
  4. Was President Truman responsible for the Cold War?
  5. Did communism threaten America’s internal security after WWII?
  6. Was Alger Hiss guilty?
  7. Rosenberg, Ethel and Julius: Was the Conviction of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Warranted, with a Sentence Appropriate to the Crime?
  8. Was the Red Scare really a Lavender Scare more aimed at homosexuals than communists?
  9. Was the CIA a rogue agency during the Cold War? AND/OR To what extent was the CIA justified in its actions during the Cold War?
  10. Did the CIA underestimate (or overestimate) Soviet and/or Chinese strengths during the Cold War?
  11. In the 1950’s, were the abstract expressionists more conservative or liberal?
  12. Did Jewish assimilation and accommodation hurt the Jewish community in the 20th century?
  13. How successfully did President Eisenhower’s administration address the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War?
  14. Has history vindicated Senator Joe McCarthy?
  15. Did Rosie the Riveter open the doors for the women’s movement of the 1960s?
  16. To what extent were the 1950’s a decade of conformity?
  17. Who had a more appropriate strategy to address the inequalities of the 1950s and 1960s, Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, Jr.?
  18. Was Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership essential to the success of the civil rights revolution? OR To what extent was Martin Luther King, Jr. the driving force behind the Civil Rights movement?
  19. Why did the Nation of Islam appeal to large numbers of African Americans in the 1960s?
  20. Did the activism of the 1960s produce a better nation?
  21. To what extent has history and/or popular culture misrepresented the Black Panthers in American memory?
  22. Did the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education fail to desegregate and improve the status of African Americans?
  23. Is the U.S. responsible for the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba?
  24. Was President Kennedy’s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis reckless or prudent?
  25. Did President John F. Kennedy cause the Cuban Missile Crisis?
  26. Has the women’s liberation movement been more harmful or helpful to American women?
  27. Was the women’s movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s mainly interested in the issues of middle class white women?
  28. Has the women’s movement of the 1970s failed to liberate American women?
  29. Was the counterculture of the 1960s revolutionary?
  30. Was the Americanization of the war in Vietnam inevitable?
  31. Was U.S. Military Intervention in Vietnam Justified?
  32. Who should receive credit for ending the Vietnam War?
  33. Who had the least effective Vietnam policy, President Johnson or President Nixon?
  34. How much responsibility should Richard Nixon bear for Watergate?
  35. How will Richard M. Nixon’s presidency be regarded by history?
  36. Was Jimmy Carter a successful president in the realm of foreign policy?
  37. Was U.S. opposition to the Soviet support government in Afghanistan the right policy?
  38. Why was the ERA defeated?
  39. Did President Reagan win the Cold War?
  40. Did the Reagan administration pursue the correct policies in regard to Central America?
  41. Were the 1980s a decade of affluence for the middle class?
  42. To what extent does immigration to the U.S. challenge its sovereignty?
  43. Should the history of Latinos in the U.S. be seen in the context of the history of all immigrant groups or as an oppressed racial minority akin to African-Americans?
  44. Should the history of Asians in the U.S. be seen in the context of the history of all immigrant groups or as an oppressed racial minority akin to African-Americans?
  45. Are Native American mascots culturally insensitive?  
  46. Was the Iraq War justified?
  47. Was the War on Terror justified?
  48. Is using U.S. drones to ensure national security justified?
  49. Is rap hip/hop music a force for sociopolitical change?
  50. Are charter schools good for neighborhoods and society?
  51. Is the US Government breaching privacy rights?
  52. Is the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects in the War on Terror justified?


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