The number one thing that students do wrong in these essays is over-generalize. Be very clear and very explicit.  Do not tell me, for example, that the lives of women changed in the 20th century because “they got more freedoms.”  That will not receive a passing grade.  Instead, you should talk about things like the 19th amendment or the specific things feminism did for women.

  1. Explain the lasting effects of the Progressive Era.  What reforms were successful?  How did they shape US History going further? Be specific in your response using evidence from your textbook, primary source readings, lectures, videos to support your argument.
  2. Outline the transition of the US government from isolationist to globalist. Use at least 4 specific events and detail how the event led the US closer to a global foreign policy. Be specific in your response using evidence from your textbook, primary source readings, lectures, videos to support your argument.
  3. How did the lives of Immigrants change over the course of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries? Please detail at least 4 specific examples and outline the evolution. Be specific in your response using evidence from your textbook, primary source readings, lectures, videos to support your argument.
  4. Explain the economic rises and falls over the Twentieth Century. Provide me with at least 4 key events of the US economy, describing its causes and effects. Be specific in your response using evidence from your textbook, primary source readings, lectures, videos to support your argument.
  5. Explain the lasting effects of the New Deal.  What programs succeeded? Which programs failed? How has the New Deal shaped US History through the 1990s? Be specific in your response using evidence from your textbook, primary source readings, lectures, videos to support your argument.