HIST 1025 Take Home Exam 2 2013

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Unformatted text preview: Taken together, F.D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms – of expression and of religion, from fear and from want – represented a new and renewed vision of national ideals that many mid- century Americans embraced. According to your sources, how and why did these ideals become significant in a changing American economy, culture, politics, or foreign policy between the 1930s and the 1960s? A few notes: • Your response should develop a thesis that declares a particular focus or angle on the question. We don’t expect you to be able to cover each ideal individually, so you will want to spend some time thinking about how to define and limit your scope. You may, for example, choose one or two ideals to focus on rather than all, or illustrate how different ideals became important at different moments. Being explicit about how and why you decided upon the theme/thesis/selection of sources is part of developing a well- argued essay. • Proving whether or not the nation lived up to the ideal(s) is less important than explaining WHY and HOW they continued to be important ideals for many Americans, despite some major changes in American life in those four decades. And, an ideal can remain significant, even if its definition might change over time or if people interpret it differently. • For your three central sources you should choose those labeled Sources in D2L, whether they are readings, images such the Dust Bowl photographs, or videos including I Love Lucy and the Eyes on the Prize documentaries that we watched in class. Lecture material and...
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