Comprehensive Essays: 

Answer following prompt using at least five specific examples from throughout the course (at least two examples must be from the 19th Century).


Describe the evolving role of the federal government since the end of the Civil War. What factors have driven either the expansion or contraction of federal power/intervention in various aspects of American life across different eras?


Short Essay:


Answer one of the following questions in 2-4 paragraphs. You should try to be as specific as possible in your analysis/argument.

  1. Describe one major similarity between the transformations that took place in America during the Progressive Era (1890-1920) and those that took place during the 1960s. Be sure to include specific examples of policies/events/ideas that help support your answer.
  2. Are the 1950s better understood as a time of affluence or a time of anxiety? Choose one answer and provide at least two specific reasons for that choice.
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