American History

The Affluent Society

Before you participate in this discussion, be sure to read the Module Notes and Chapter 26: “The Affluent Society” in The American Yawp. Then watch the following videos: In the Suburbs and Housewife Prepares a Family Breakfast During 1950s. When these films were made they had specific purposes. But even today we can watch them and learn much about the 1950s. Look closely at the people, the way they portray social interactions, what they wear, and the objects they use. Using the videos and other materials above as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words: What can these films they tell us about gender roles, family life, and the emphasis on consumerism in the 1950s? Who might have been left out of the middle-class consumer-oriented lifestyle portrayed in the films? Why?

Mar 26th, 2021

American History

US Involvement in Conflict

Before you begin this discussion, be sure to read the Module Notes and Chapter 30 “The Recent Past” in The American Yawp and review the previous discussions. You may wish to consult an outside source for this discussion. If you do so, please be sure to cite it. Using the secondary sources above (as well as any others you choose) as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words: Compare and contrast the United States’ involvement in recent post-Cold War conflicts to another conflict in the twentieth century: World War One, World War Two, Korea, or the Vietnam War. What were the motivations for US entry into the conflict you chose, and what goals did the presidents and other policy makers intend for the conclusions of those conflicts? Consider the motivation for US military intervention in a conflict since the end of the Cold War. You may select from the list provided in the introduction to this activity, or choose another one. How was this intervention designed to serve US foreign policy interests? Did it accomplish its mission? Why or why not?

Mar 26th, 2021

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