American History

Please provide a topic for the essay, and also see suggested references. Thank you.

HY 1120, American History II

Unit VI Essay

The list below includes provocative discussions related to the events in the unit’s reading. You will choose one and write a
500 word minimum essay in which you will take a first-person perspective of the situation, describe the debate in your own words,
and provide a justified and academically defended argument for one side or the other.

The essay will need to reflect your understanding of the time to avoid being anachronistic, and to demonstrate that your argument is
appropriate for that time. As a woman in the 1950s, how would you feel about the stereotype of the wife and mother on popular
television shows?

Having been a multi-season Brooklyn Dodgers ticket holder in 1947, would you actively cheer for Jackie Robinson?

As a parent to male teenagers, what is your perspective of the Korean conflict?

As a World War II veteran, what are your thoughts about either the Truman Doctrine or Containment?

As a high level politician in the know, do you feel the American public deserves to be told about NSC 68?

As this is a point of view essay, a modern perspective will not accurately address what the question is asking for.

It is strongly suggested that at least one selection from the provided source book is used as research of the event and
views of the time. All sources and their use must be appropriately identified per 6th edition APA format
References

Johnson, M.P. (2012). Reading the American past: Selected historical documents(5th ed., Vol. 2). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Roark, J.L., Johnson, M. P., Cohen, P. C., Stage, S., & Hartmann, S. M.(2013). The American promise: A concise history
(5th ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s.Learning Activities

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