-Does state or federal government have a greater impact in our lives?
-Does the United States have a mission to expand democracy and freedom?
-What might 19th century Native Americans have said about Manifest Destiny?
-How might the country have developed differently if no gold or other precious minerals had been discovered in the West?
-Does war cause national prosperity?
-Is economic, social, or physical coercion an effective method of achieving our national interest in domestic affairs
Themes: State Rights vs. Federal Government, Fugitive Slave Act, Clay's Compromise of 1850 (terms), Popular Sovereignty, Calhoun Goals/Webster's Goals, response to the compromise, Stephen Douglas and Millard Fillmore's views on slavery.
1. Please download and review 12 Years a Slave Questions. You will need to complete these questions while you watch the film12 Years a Slave. We will watch selected scenes from the 2014 Academy Award Winner of Best Picture.
-Cuban Missile Crisis - Students will look at Photographs + listen to Audio files for 20 minutes and then reflect on these primary source documents using the discussion questions below.
3. Class Discussion after reviewing materials:
-Why did the Soviet Union place missiles in Cuba? What could they gain by deployment?
-Why was Fidel Castro and Cuba a threat to the United States?
-Did missiles actually threaten the United State's Security?
-Why did the U.S.A blocade Cuba? Was it an effective measure to problem solve this situation?
-How did the secret discussion affect the outcome?
-Should President Kennedy be considered a hero or lucky? Why?
-What did the international community (United States/Soviet Union/Cuba/Others) gain or lose from this crisis?
1. Please research The Berlin Crisis under Kennedy and The Space Race (Textbook pages 883-884, and 887 to 888), be sure to include the BIG IDEA/THEME, an original argument based off your research, a visual representation of these event, and a audio representation of ONE of these events.
2. Based off your research please answer this question with a thoughtful response - What kind of political statement was made by the United States' support of West Berlin and the NASA Space program?