Unit #1:  Introduction and the Constitution

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Class Information & Activities:

Optional Reading:

Unit #2:  The Progressive Era (1890-1920)

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Class Activities:

Optional Reading:

Unit #3:  World War I & The Versailles Treaty (1914-1920)

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Music from the Great Migration for the Test:

Well-Known Cover Versions of these songs (below not for the test, just for fun)

Essay Assignments:

Class Activities:

Optional Reading:

Ex-Contractor Charged With Violating the Espionage Act

Jacob Lawrence MOMA Exhibition

Music for the Quiz:

Unit #4:  The 1920s

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Class Activities:

Optional:

2014-2015 Research Paper Assignment:

Check-in Assignments/Activities for the Research Paper:

Useful Resources for the Research Paper:

Unit #5:  The Great Depression and New Deal (1929-1941)

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Class Activities:

Unit #6:  World War II and American Society (1941-1945)

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Class Activities:

Optional:

Midterm Examination Information:

Unit #7:  The Cold War and the 1950s

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Class Activities:

Optional:

  • Slate magazine article: “Fallout Can Be Fun,”  is here
  • An excellent NPR appreciation of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue”
  • A brief article about the Weavers is here  Songs are here
  • The Red Scare Cartoons are also available here  and here

Unit #8:  The 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights Movement

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Songs for the Test:

Class Activities:

Optional Reading:

Unit #9:  1960 to Watergate

Homework:

Information for the “Teach In” Project:

Music for the Quiz and Test:

Vietnam-War Related (for Quiz)

1960s Music (for test):

Class Activities:

Optional:

Optional Readings and Music Regarding James Brown’s 1968 Boston Concert:

Unit #10: 1975 and Beyond

Homework:

Classwork:

(Mostly) 1970s Music

Disco/Pop

Punk/New Wave

Album-Oriented Rock

Rock & Hard Rock

These songs are just for fun as there will be no unit test.

You may write about these songs for the essay question on the Final Exam (see below)

Optional Material:

  • Chevy Chases’ First Gerald Ford Impersonation is here; a spoof of a Ford Press conference is here
  • Richard Nixon’s “I Am Not a Crook” speech is here
  • The significanace of the Helsinki Agreements is here
  • The Carter video we watched in class is here
  • 1980 Presidential Campaign Commercials are here (“Safire”/the “Ayatollah Votes” and  “Podium/Inflation Up 18%); 1984 “Prouder, Stronger, Better” ad is here.
  • Atlantic Monthly article about the national debt is here
  • Photos from Boston during the 1979 Gas Crisis are here
  • An overview of the Iranian Hostage Crisis is here
  • An article about the Camp David accords and Middle Eastern peace is here
  • An article about the Iran-Contra affair is here
  • 1981-1988 World Timeline is here
  • Articles about Reagan, the tax cuts and the economy are here and here
  • The Case Against 8 article is here
  • Reading: How the “Case Against 8″ Distorts Gay Rights History
  • Reading: The Supreme Court and Gay Marriage2015
  • Timeline of Same Sex Marriage Events and Public Opinion surveys

2015 Final Exam Information