Below are four essay questions.Essays should be roughly five paragraphs (one
page depending on handwriting size) and FULLY answer the question, including analysis of the
causes, consequences, & significance. Provide examples and show change over time, if applicable.
1. Americans have struggled with a basic question in the twentieth century: What role should
the federal government play in the lives of American citizens and in the world? Beginning with
Herbert Hoover, analyze the major political responses to this fundamental question. Your
answer should address the rise of liberalism, beginning in the New Deal and peaking during the
Johnson administration, and explain how the Vietnam era and the New Right challenged the
fundamental assumptions of liberalism.
2. Discuss the major developments in the history of civil rights since 1941, including a
discussion of the various organizations involved, their particular strategies for social change,
and their relative success in achieving change. How did the civil rights movement change over
time and why?
3. How has globalization affected American politics, economics, and society? Focus on the
period from 1945-2010.
4. What has been the biggest change in American society from 1945 to the present? In
choosing your answer, be sure to support it with plenty of analysis and evidence. There is no
wrong answer here, but you need to justify your claims.