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1-Who were the “Carpetbaggers?” (subject: Reconstruction)

2-Who was Booker T. Washington? (subject: activist)

3-Who was Ida B. Wells and how did she use the media of the day to expose racism? (subject: Activist)

4-What was the Pinkerton Agency? (subject: Detective agency)

5-What were the circumstances involved in President James Garfield’s Assassination? (Politics)

6-What was Tammany Hall and how did they operate? (subject: Political machine)

7-Briefly describe the Homestead Strike of 1892. (subject: Labor Union)

8-What are the origins of the Statue of Liberty? (culture)

9-What was Morgan Robertson’s 1898 book, Futility, about and why is it ironic within historical events? (subject: HMS Titanic tie-in)

10-Who was Jane Addams and how did her establishment of Hull-House assist American urban society at the turn of the century? (subject: social work)

11-What was significant about the trial, conviction, and execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti? {The Trial of the Century/Sacco & Vanzetti trial} (subject: Crime)

12-Brief overview on the importance of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. (subject: culture/literature)

13-How did new wartime technology account for the high casualties of World War I? (subject: war)

14-What was the so called “Blacksox Scandal” of 1919? (subject: sports)

15-Who was Charles Lindbergh and why was he known as “Lucky Lindy?” (subject: culture & aviation)

16-Who was Amelia Earhart? (subject: culture& aviation)

17-What was the Bonus Expeditionary Force (BEF) and why did President Herbert Hoover drive them out of Washington D.C. in 1932? (subject: Politics)

18-What was the cultural impact of the 1925 “scopes Trial” in Dayton Tennessee? (subject: culture/evolution)

19-Describe and analyze any major U.S. battle within World War II (ex. Battle of Tarawa, D-day, Battle of the Bulge). (subject: war)

20-Who was Glenn Miller and what were his contributions to pop bulture and the war effort? (subject: music/war)

21-What contribution did Jackie Robinson make to baseball in 1947? (subject: sports/civil rights)

22-What was the significance of the 1945 Yalta Conference? (subject: Foreign Policy)

23-Why were the Rosenbergs (both Julius & Ethel) executed? (subject: Politics/cold war)

24-Who was Marilyn Monroe and how did she become an American icon? (subject: pop culture)

25-Why did President Truman remove General Douglas MacArthur as commander of all U.S. forces in Korea in 1951? (subject: politics)

26-How did a cocker spaniel, named “Checkers,” save the political career of Richard Nixon in the 1950s? (subject: politics)

27-What was Sputnik and why did it concern America? (subject: politics/cold war)

28-Who was Cesar Chavez and what was his contributions to migrant labor? (subject: civil rights/labor)

29-Describe President John Kennedy’s Administration’s involvement in Vietnam in the early sixties (subject: covert operations/politics)

30-What went wrong during the U.S. sponsored Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961? (subject: covert operations/politics)

31-Analytical overview of a civil rights activist (ex. Ella baker, Malcolm X, James Farmer. & Martin Luther King. (Subject: civil rights)

32-Who was Andy Warhol? (subject: pop culture)

33-describe the meteoric popularity of Elvis Presley. (subject: pop culture)

34-What was the Battle of KheSanh in Vietnam in 1968? (subject: war)

35-What was the story behind Neil Armstrong’s statement: “that was one small step for a man and a great leap for mankind.” (subject: space)

36-Who was Mark Felt and what role did he play in the Watergate Scandal? (subject: politics)

37-Bridfly describe the rise and fall of Disco during the late 1970s. (subject: pop culture)

38-How did the Energy Crisis affect the U.S. in 1973? (subject: politics/economy)

39-Describe the origins of “Earth Day” (April 22, 1970). (subject: environmentalism)

40-What was a 1980s era Yuppie? (subject: pop culture)

41-How did the 1999 shooting spree at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado change America? (Subject: crime)

42-What sort of terror attack occurred in Oklahoma City in April of 1995? (subject: terrorism)

43-What was the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s? (subject: politics)

44-What was the circumstances behind President Bill Clinton’s Impeachment? (subject: politics)

45-What was the Y2K scare? (subject: culture/technology)

46-select a popular top ten song that served as a direct commentary of the times of which it was produced. In other words it reflected the times (1960s-2000). Example: Bob Dylan’s “Times are achanging” / (subject: pop culture)

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Hi, I worked on no. 2. Here is the paper. Let me know in case of anything.

Surname 1
Who was Booker T. Washington?
Booker Taliaferro Washington was an author, educator, and an orator. This African
American person also worked as an advisor to the United States presidency, owing to his
position as the dominant leader among African Americans, specifically from 1890 to 1915
(Washington 1). Born in 1856, Booker T. Washington was among people from the last
generation of African Americans born into slavery. His life and the conditions in which this last
generation of black slaves contributed significantly to his path towards becoming the leading
voice and activist of the black slaves as well as their descendants. His activist efforts focused on
ending the oppression of black slaves in the South.
Despite a global effort to abolish slavery including various legislations by the US
government to abolish slavery in the country, the South had not made any significant statutory
changes to see the blacks free from slavery. In the South, the Jim Crow and disenfranchisement
laws technically oppressed the black population. These discriminatory laws were enacted
sometimes between the late 19th century and the early 20th century and applied to the postReconstruction US Southern states (African American Registry). Being the voice and leader of
the black population, who constituted the last generation of black slaves, Washington fought for

Surname 2
their rights and freedom from oppression d...

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