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Unit 3 - Conflict

Unit 3 describes how the modern United States begins taking shape in the first four decades of the 20th century. Americans have embraced the progressive movement, which led to greater government involvement in many aspects of life. Starting with World War I and continuing to the end of WWII, America also plays a greater role in world affairs than ever before.  From 1920 to 1945, people feel a clash between the values of a traditional rural society and those of a growing urban culture. 
Underlying economic problems are obscured by apparent prosperity until a long, deep economic slowdown causes widespread suffering. In response, President Franklin Roosevelt experiments with various approaches to rebuild the economy. Then militaristic dictators in Europe and Japan start a worldwide war that forces the United States to fight on two fronts. Victory leads to an uneasy peace with the Soviet Union, with the threat of nuclear war looming over the world. The economic expansion brought on by the war and the return to peace fuels a postwar economic boom and the spread of a suburb-based consumer culture.  

Readings and Activities                                                                                                                                         

Why did the U.S. enter World War I?
Were critics of World War I anti-American?
Why did Congress reject the League of Nations?
What caused the Chicago Race Riots of 1919?
Prohibition: Why was the 18th amendment adopted? Why did America change its mind?
Why was Marcus Garvey a controversial figure?
What caused the Palmer Raids?
Why did people care about the Butler Act?
Mexican Labor in the 1920s- What was life like for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1920s?
Social Security
New Deal SAC
The Dust Bowl
Zoot Suit Riots
The Atomic Bomb
Japanese Internment





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#27 SG 11.2 and 11.3
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#29 SG 12.1 and 12.2
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#34 SG 14.3
#35 SG 15.1 and 15.2
#36 SG 15.3 and 15.5
#37 SG 16.1
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#39 SG 16.3
#40 SG 16.4
#41 SG 17.1
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#43 SG 17.3
#44 SG 17.4