American History Homework Nine Answers - 1.414213562373095048, (square root of 2)

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American History Homework Nine Instructor: Andy Schlafly In recognition of the midterm exam and your hard work for it, this week's lecture and assignment is only half as long.

Joseph M.

Read the lecture first.

1. In your opinion, the 2008 election that concluded on Tuesday is most similar to which election in history, and why? I that this election is most like the election between Senator John Quincy Adams and Senator Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson was a war hero, like McCain, plus there is the endorsement of Barrack Obama by Colin Powell. Many said that President-elect Obama would give Powell a high position in the government. This would be akin to the “Corrupt Bargain”, when Senator Henry Clay widely endorsed John Quincy Adams, and after Adams was elected, he gave Clay the Secretary Of State position.

Excellent detailed analysis.

2. Imperialism: a good or bad thing? I believe that in some cases imperialism can be good, but as with all things, too much of it is never good. I think that a bigger country exerting influence over a smaller country can sometimes be good, as the two countries can trade, and exchange valuable knowledge and technology, but then it can be taken to the extreme, as in the infamous Opium Wars, where the British forced the Chinese to buy the highly addictive drug opium.

I doubt the British forced the Chinese to buy opium, but that issue is beyond our American History course. Good otherwise.

3. Your thoughts on the progressive movement, please. I think that the goals of the progressive movement are almost all very good. I don’t see a way that anybody could disagree with them. The progressive movement’s goals also remind me of the goals of the U.N., which seeks world peace and civil rights, and to improve working conditions.

The goals may seem good, but the real question is the approach taken by the progressive movement to achieve the goals, such as more and more regulation. You didn't address the means used. (Minus 1).

4. Please explain the cartoon in the Minnesota Tribune, having the caption at top, "WHAT WILL HE DO!" and the caption at the bottom, "The eyes of the world are upon him." Include your description of the point of view of the cartoonist. This cartoon features a man, (probably McKinley,) holding a Cuban or a Spanish man by the scruff of his neck, I think that the cartoon is saying that McKinley is on the edge of a war against the Spanish, and that the entire world is watching to see when the war will start. I believe that the cartoonist is probably against the war, and the cartoonist portrays McKinley as a bit of a gruff old man, but portrays the Cuban/Spanish man as a harmless, undefended man that McKinley is harming.

No, this misses the mark. See the model answers. (Minus 2).

Honors (pick 2 out of 3)

H1. Do you agree with how the United States finally ended the fighting in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War? I do agree, because not only did the United States grant Cuba independence, but the U.S. also put a military base in Cuba to help stem further uprising. And we signed the Treaty of Paris, giving the U.S even more land, and they ended the war in a way that would eventually make Spain our ally.

Fine, but doesn't specifically answer the question about the Philippines. (Minus 1).

H2. How do you think the role of newspapers in the recent election compares with the "yellow journalism" of the 1890s? I believe that the role of the newspapers in the recent election is very similar to Yellow Journalism, for instance, when Barack Obama called McCain’s economic policies a “pig in lipstick”, the next day all the tabloids and a lot of the newspapers had headlines like “Obama calls McCain/ Palin Pig”! which caught my eye, and even though it wasn’t the truth, I had already picked up the newspaper and seen that Jeter was batting 333, so I wanted to read the sports section and then I saw that the new Batman was coming out. And so on, so even though the newspapers were not publishing the truth, they were still catching the public’s eye. On the other hand, newspapers were not so influential in this election because television, radio and the internet played a larger role.

Good analysis.
Nice work. Score: 56/60.--Aschlafly 15:39, 14 November 2008 (EST)