The Making of Modern America

COMPETENCIES

1002.1.4 : The Making of Modern America

The graduate explains significant international and domestic challenges that the United States confronted since World War I.

INTRODUCTION

The development of the United States in the twentieth century was shaped by several challenges: an economic collapse, global war, and social and political upheaval at home. The economic collapse that preceded the Great Depression brought high unemployment, increased prices for goods, and displaced populations across the United States. President Franklin Roosevelt promised a “New Deal” for Americans, and during his administration the federal government intervened in the American economy with regulations and stimulus, changing the relationship between the states and the federal government. The aftermath of the Second World War brought the United States to greater international prominence, but the following geopolitical and ideological struggle with the Soviet Union divided the planet and threatened interntional destruction through the use of thermonuclear weapons. At the same time as the United States was expanding its role as an international power, many domestic protest movements challenged institutional discrimination and unequal systems of power in federal and state governments. Their victories resulted in legislation and legal precedents that changed the complexion of American society.

In this assessment you will examine several major events that shaped modern American society. You will consider how the New Deal policies were designed to ameliorate the effects of the Great Depression, how the Cold War was waged both internationally and domestically, and how the civil rights movement challenged the perceived assumptions of American society.

REQUIREMENTS

Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide. 

 

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course. 

 

A. Explain (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) the major causes of the Great Depression (e.g., economic policies, trade concerns, banking practices, international commerce). 

 

B. Describe three ways (e.g., major legislation, organizations, relief and recovery efforts) that the New Deal sought to address the problems of the Great Depression (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs). 

 

C. Explain how the end of World War II contributed to the rise of Cold War tensions (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following: 

1. Discuss the effect of the arms race on the rise of Cold War tensions. 

2. Describe how differing ideologies led to increased Cold War tensions. 

3. Explain the effect of Cold War tensions on American culture and domestic policies (e.g., security concerns, organizations, discrimination). 

 

D. Explain two changes (e.g., legislation, cultural shifts, economic shifts) that came about as a result of one of the following historical events (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs): 

• civil rights movement 

• feminist movement 

• gay rights movement 

• rise of the religious right 

 

E. Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content. 

1. Include the following information when providing source references: 

• author 

• date 

• title 

•  location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

File Restrictions

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RUBRIC

ARTICULATION OF RESPONSE (CLARITY, ORGANIZATION, MECHANICS):

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate provides unsatisfactory articulation of response.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides weak articulation of response.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides adequate articulation of response.

A:CAUSES OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical explanation of the major causes of the Great Depression.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with insufficient detail, of the major causes of the Great Depression.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with sufficient detail, of the major causes of the Great Depression.

B:NEW DEAL AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide an accurate description of 3 ways that the New Deal sought to address the problems of the Great Depression.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an accurate description, with insufficient detail, of 3 ways that the New Deal sought to address the problems of the Great Depression.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides an accurate description, with sufficient detail, of 3 ways that the New Deal sought to address the problems of the Great Depression.

C1:EFFECTS OF THE ARMS RACE

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical discussion of the effect of the arms race on the rise of Cold War tensions.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical discussion, with insufficient detail, of the effect of the arms race on the rise of Cold War tensions.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical discussion, with sufficient detail, of the effect of the arms race on the rise of Cold War tensions.

C2:DIFFERING IDEOLOGIES

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide an accurate description of how differing ideologies led to increased Cold War tensions.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides an accurate description, with insufficient detail, of how differing ideologies led to increased Cold War tensions.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides an accurate description, with sufficient detail, of how differing ideologies led to increased Cold War tensions.

C3:EFFECTS OF COLD WAR TENSIONS

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical explanation of the effect of Cold War tensions on American culture and domestic policies.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with insufficient detail, of the effect of Cold War tensions on American culture and domestic policies.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with sufficient detail, of the effect of Cold War tensions on American culture and domestic policies.

D:EXAMINING CHANGES

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not provide a logical explanation of 2 changes that came about as a result of 1 of the given historical events.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with insufficient support, of 2 changes that came about as a result of 1 of the given historical events.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides a logical explanation, with sufficient support, of 2 changes that came about as a result of 1 of the given historical events.

E:SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOT EVIDENT

There is evidence of quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content without acknowledgement of source information in in-text citations and references.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate provides insufficient acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for all quoted, paraphrased, and summarized content.

COMPETENT

The candidate provides sufficient acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for all quoted, paraphrased, and summarized content.

E1:SOURCE INFORMATION

NOT EVIDENT

The candidate does not include the given points when providing source references.

APPROACHING COMPETENCE

The candidate includes the given points, with incomplete or inaccurate information, when providing source references.

COMPETENT

The candidate includes the given points, with accurate and complete information, when providing source references.

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