American History Homework Thirteen Answers - Student Twelve
Ruth L 12/12/2008 American History Andrew Schlafly
1. What is your favorite period of time in American history, and why?
My favorite period of American history is the 1940s because that was when we were involved in World War II. I find just about every aspect of World War II fascinating. The unique politics in every country involved, the heroes in contrast with the cowards, the rise and fall in different economies, the biases against people groups that were different, even the military strategies. Also, because I’m Jewish and have family members who were Jews in Europe during World War II, I feel a special connection to the Jew from the Holocaust.
- Terrific answer, and thanks for the personal insights. Could use this as a model answer.
2. Contrast President Ronald Reagan with President Bill Clinton.
President Ronald Reagan was among the most conservative presidents in our nation’s history. He strove for lower taxes, less regulation, a strong military, and a higher standard of morality. In contrast, President Bill Clinton was an extremely liberal president. He raised taxes, regulated the selling of guns, allowed homosexuals in the military and committed adultery with a young woman who worked under him. Also, President Reagan always stayed with his original convictions. Even when people blamed him for the economic downturn of 1982, his slogan was “stay the course.” However, President Clinton, who was extremely liberal when elected, shifted to the right somewhat when most of Congress turned conservative.
- Superb again, could also be a model answer!
3. What would you say is the most important trend or trends guiding American history?
The most important trend guiding American history is our turn towards liberalism. Abortion is legal, homosexuality is popular, gun control laws have proliferated, taxes are high, the list goes on and on. Not to mention, we just elected the most liberal president in our history, and have an entirely liberal Congress.
- Pretty depressing stuff! But I don't think it is as bleak as it looks. For example, Obama was not elected by emphasizing liberal policies, and Congress is not going to be anxious to enact a liberal agenda when they face reelection in only 22.5 months. They remember the conservative landslide in 1994. Already conservatives have won three out of three special elections, in Louisiana (two congressional seats) and in Georgia (Senate seat). Overall, when all issues are included (such as homeschooling), I think the trend is conservative. But many would disagree with me!
4. What is the most important threat to the future of America? Cite history to support your view.
The most important threat to the future of America is China. China has taken so much of our industry from us. Consequently, America has experienced a huge loss of jobs and profit.
- Superb, could also be a model answer!
5. Do you see a connection between culture and success for a nation? Give an example from history (e.g., period of time) to support your view.
There is absolutely a connection between a nation’s culture and the nation’s success. For example, in the early Roman Empire, everything was absolute self-sacrifice for the good of the nation. People’s entire lives were devoted to making Rome a strong military. Consequently, the Roman empire was one of the most powerful and influential empires in history. However, as time went by, the people stopped caring so much about the good of Rome, and started caring about their own good. The people became corrupt and immoral. When this time of immorality reached its peak is when the Roman Empire collapsed.
- Terrific example that is particularly appropriate for the class in ... world history!
6. Describe two of the greatest achievements of Ronald Reagan.
One of President Reagan’s greatest achievements was the missile defense system called the “Strategic Defense Initiative” that protected America from Communist Russia. Another one of his greatest achievements was lowering taxes. Most presidents (including President Reagan) have so many plans and ideas that they want to put into action that they have to raise taxes to pay for them. President Reagan was able to implement his ideas without making America go broke.
7. Explain during which century you think this map was drawn, and comment how America's achievements may have met or exceeded the expectations of the cartographer or other people of his time.
This map was probably drawn during the 16th century. It couldn’t have been before then because it has the Strait of Magellan (Frerum Magalind) on it and Magellan didn’t circumnavigate the world until the 15 hundreds. Also, it has Florida on it (Terra florida), which Ponce de Leon didn’t find until the 15 hundreds. As for the expectations of the cartographer, North America turned out to be a lot bigger and more important than he thought, and South America turned out to be less important than he thought.
- Superb again. I think I'll use this one in the model answers for its specific insights, which no one else has mentioned yet.
- One of the very best homework papers in the entire class all year. 70/70. Congratulations!--aschlafly 18:53, 20 December 2008 (EST)
- P.S. Congratulations on achieving a rare "double" in being included in the model answers!--aschlafly 18:55, 20 December 2008 (EST)