American Labour histroy

1. Discuss the philosophies and tactics of the American Federation of Labor and the International Workers of the World. Why, in the long run, did one group succeed while the other one failed? 2. In what ways did the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 change American politics and culture? 3. In what ways did social reform and social control often intermingle in the Progressive Era? Which impulse was more prevalent in the period 1905–1918? 4. How did the role of women change during the Progressive Era? What effect did this have on the advancement of progressivism? 5. What philosophies expressed by socialists were appealing to working-class Americans? Why did the Socialist Party fail, in the end, to attract large-scale support in the United States? 6. What views of reform were expressed by labor, blacks, and the Socialist Party? What effect did their views have on the nature of reform? 7. How effective were U.S. interventions in Latin America? What were the objectives and consequences? Do you tend to agree or disagree with these interventions? 8. Discuss the foreign policies of two of the following four presidents: William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. 9. In what ways was Woodrow Wilson among the most interventionist presidents in U.S. history? 10. What combination of causes led to American involvement in the Spanish-American War? What were the key factors in producing a quick American victory? 11. How did American foreign policy combine economic, military, and political strategies? In what ways did American intervention differ from traditional European imperialism? 12. Write an essay arguing for or against whether or not the USS Maine exploded from a Spanish weapon or from an onboard accident. 13. Why was the Scopes Trial of 1925 in Dayton Tennessee such a celebrated and contentious court case? In your opinion what was the core issue, or issues, that caused such controversy? 14. What were the major factors that led to The Eighteenth Amendment (Prohibition) and why did it fail? 15. What were the push and pull factors that led to the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North? 16. How did mass production of the automobile change the culture, infrastructure, and landscape of America?






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