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“World War II through the 1970s”

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper on the period from World War II through the 1970s.Your paper should cover the following:

  1. Identify at least (2) two major historical turning points in the period under discussion.
  2. Analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture.
  3. Give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II.
  4. Explain the role that women played to help win World War II.
  5. Describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward.
  6. Describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans.
  7. Describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “ Great Society” agenda that are still with us today.
  8. Include at least two (2) references (sources) other than the textbook. At least one (1) of your sources must be obtained from the collection of databases accessible from the Learning Resources Center Web page. Generic encyclopedic Internet resources such as Wikipedia or Answers.com will not be considered acceptable.

Student note: Points one (1) and two (2) above are separate from the rest of the assignment.The paper should follow guidelines for clear and effectively organized writing:

  • The paper is well organized, and every explanation is both complete and easy to understand.
  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph for the paper.
  • Main ideas should be addressed in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • The paper should be checked for spelling and grammatical errors.

The format of the paper is to be as follows:

  • Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format.
  • In addition to the five to six (5-6) pages assigned, a title page with the title of the assignment, your name, the instructor’s name, the course title, and the date is to be included, as well as a Reference Page.
  • Sources documented using APA style for in-text citations and listed on the References Page using APA style format.


The assignment will be graded using the following rubric:

Outcome Assessed
  • Recognize the major turning points in American history since the Civil War.
  • Analyze how historical events shape America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture.
  • Recognize and discuss the different ways that the heritage of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and segregation have shaped America’s history—even to the present day.
  • Identify how changes in social and economic conditions and technology can cause corresponding changes in the attitudes of the people and policies of the government.
  • Recognize and discuss the ways that formal policies of government have influenced the direction of historical and social development in the United States.
  • Analyze the rise of the United States to a world “super-power” and how that status has shaped its internal developments in recent decades.
  • Describe ways that women and minorities have responded to challenges and made contributions to American culture.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills, and write clearly, coherently, and persuasively on a topic or topics related to American history since the Civil War.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in the field of American history since the Civil War.

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