american history ii 2020

For each section, you will answer the ONE question from EACH section. Each of your 3 answers should be between 500-1000 words (2 to 4 pages). You must base your answers on the text book, my lectures, and the primary sources. Moreover, you must cite (provide a meaningful quotation from) at least TWO of different primary readings per each answer (either from the Voices of Freedom book or those that have been posted on Canvas). The exam is due at 11:59pm, Sunday, August 4. Your exam will be uploaded to Canvas. It will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-It-In. THERE WILL BE NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED!!

Section 1 – The New Deal and World War II:

  • What were the three goals of the New Deal? In what ways was the New Deal “new” and progressive? In what ways was the New Deal “conservative” reinforce existing racial structures?

Section 2 – Cold War and Civil Rights:

  • Discuss the long civil rights movement. When did the movement begin? How did the movement gain momentum into the 1950s? What were the gains of the movement into the 1960s?

Section 3 – New Left and New Right:

  • In what ways did the 1970s and 1980s bring about economic changes in the United States? How did some of the social issues of this period challenge and shape conservativism and liberalism?


Exams must conform to ALL conventions of formal writing. This means that your essays are expected to be doubled-spaced, 12-point font, grammatically correct, and refer back to the course’s readings. Please include a word count on your paper. Papers that are either too long or too short will be penalized.

Please submit your document as a Microsoft Word file. DO NOT convert the file to a PDF or submit the document in Apple Pages. Points will be taken off if you upload a PDF file or as Apple pages.


  • Your exams should have a heading with the section number. Please follow the section numbers so it is clear and easier to grade.
  • Like the last exam, your answers should have an introduction, a body (where you provide evidence for your answer), and a conclusion. Please follow this organizational structure. Formal essays are supposed to be written this way.
  • Your answer should be based on the course material – the assigned readings and lectures. DO NOT CONSULT ANY OTHER OUTSIDE SOURCES!!! I do not want to know what Google or Wikipedia tell you about these topics. All the information you need to answer these questions can be found in the text book, the primary sources, and the class lectures. You will lose points for any outside research!
  • Like the last exam, you MUST introduce and contextualize your quotations. You have to tell your reader what document it is that you’re quoting.
    • You don’t have to use any specific citation style. You can use what you’re comfortable with. Or, simply put the LAST NAME (of the document author, NOT Foner), Page # at the end of the sentence.
    • For example: Davenport noted that “The human babies born each year constitute the world’s most valuable crop.” (Davenport, 251).
  • You should also try to avoid extended quotations. In almost all circumstances, you shouldn’t be quoting more than one or two sentences at a time. When you’re trying to quote a longer passage, intersperse your own words as necessary. When I see paragraph – length quotations, I start to worry that you’re just trying to fill up space.
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