Friday, December 15, 2017

Month 5 week 1 Bill of Rights Birthday and Quiz

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It's That Time of Year!

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As Americans, we aren't just celebrating the holiday season. Today, 12/15, is the Bill of Rights birthday! In celebration of its 226th anniversary, at the National Archives Institute, they have created this festive quiz that tests your knowledge of America's first ten Amendments.  If you want to review the Amendments before you take the quiz take a look below. Then go on and TAKE THE QUIZ

Directions: Review the Bill of Rights in your textbook or in the document below. Take the Bill of Rights Quiz. Answer the questions below. Post your answers.

Dec. 15, 1791. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- The Bill of Rights -- went into effect after ratification by Virginia.


  1. After taking the quiz and submitting your answers, what was your score?
  2. Chose 4 articles you were not very familiar with, name each one and describe each one. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

4.4 Chapter 13 Review: The Age of the Automobile

The 1920's 
The Americans Reconstruction to the 21st Century, chapter 13.

Directions:  What other invention in American history has singularly affected 20th century life like the automobile? The economic and social impact were felt at a revolutionary scale. Watch the following video, visit the following website and answer the questions below. Post your answers, comment on another student's post. 

The automobile had a significant impact on the American Life.


  • Describe the impact the automobile had on American Society in the 1920's.
  • Explain how the popularity of the automobile shaped industry and the economy in the 1920's

4.3 The Progressive Era- Mid-Term Review

The Progressive Era

Directions: To help you study for the midterm on our discussion board for this week, we will review key ideas from the study guide for Chapter 9 and from your textbook. You will answer questions 1-5 posted below and post your answers on the discussion board. You may look in your book or research online for information. Please state your answers in your own words. You will learn the material as you research the information, paraphrase the information in an answer and respond to other posts.Enjoy and Learn!

Women Who Fought for the Vote

1. Name several women who were influential in the woman's suffrage movement and state how they helped the movement.


Events that lead to the reform of food and drug production.

  • 1898-1899. Soldiers in the Spanish-American War die from eating badly-preserved meat or “embalmed beef.” Two generals later testify before Congress about the scandal.
  • November 1901. Children in St. Louis and Camden die from tainted vaccines.
  • 1902-1906. A group of twelve volunteers, nicknamed the “poison squad,” agree to eat food laced with common preservatives of the time, such as formaldehyde. The study is administered by Dr. Harvey Wiley, who is considered the father of the Food and Drug Act.
  • February 1906. Upton Sinclair publishes The Jungle, an expose of the meatpacking industry.
  • June 30, 1906. President Theodore Roosevelt signs the Pure Food and Drug Act as well as the Meat Inspection Act.
2. How did President Theodore Roosevelt's administration help protect citizen's intake of food and drugs and overall health ?

3. What legislation was used by Teddy Roosevelt to file 44 anti-trust suits?

4. What is the term used to describe the progressive reforms of President Theodore Roosevelt?

5. Which area did the progressive reform known as the Square Deal NOT  have as a worthy goal: protection of social welfare, creation of economic reform or promotion of business monopolies? 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Month 4.2 Immigrants and Urbanization

Chapter 7 – Immigrants and Urbanization
Directions:  The following activities and terms are taken from the U.S. History study guide. Complete chapter 7 of the study guide while doing this discussion board post.

  • After reading chapter 7, Go to Quizlet U.S. Ch. 7 Immigrants and Urbanization
  • Click on "Learn" Review the terms. 
  • How many terms do you need to review?
  • Click on "Match" 
  • What was your fastest time? 
  • Click on "Test"
  • What was your score?
  • Complete section 1 and section 2. 
  • Post your responses

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Immigrants enter the U.S. through Ellis Island. For more information go to Ellis Island Tour

Answer the questions. Define the terms below below. Post your responses

  1. List at least 3 terms you need to study.
  2. What was your best quiz score?
  3. If you are comfortable, share your test score. 

Section 1
Identify the various countries that immigrants traveled from and their reasons for coming to the United States.

Define nativism.
Explain anti-immigration actions (Chinese Exclusion Act, Gentleman’s Agreement).

Section 2
Explain why many immigrants settled in the nation’s cities.
Explain the goals of the Americanization movement.
Explain why a number of Americans moved from rural areas to the cities.
Describe the housing problems and other difficulties that immigrants and poor residents encountered.
Describe the Social gospel movement and the help that reformers offered.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Month 3 week 1: The Nullification Process

The Nullification Crisis: The Nation Moves Towards Civil War

The Age of Jackson

Directions: Refer to your textbook page 128 regarding Nullification under the States Rights. View the following video.  Read proclamation on nullification.  Answer the questions below. Post your answers.

Now that the U.S. Government is established, conflict over interpretation of the Constitution especially in the area of the states rights verses federal governments rights.  The question of nullification of states rights or federal rights becomes an important in our democracy. 

Nullification is a state's refusal to recognize an act of Congress that it considers unconstitutional. The Nullification Crisis was a crisis in 1832–33, which took place during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. It involved a confrontation between South Carolina and the federal government. The heart of the conflict was a question of state independence to determine if a state could declare a federal law invalid

Excerpt from Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation (1832)

For what do you throw away these inestimable blessings-for what would you exchange your share in the advantages and honor of the Union? For the dream of a separate independence-a dream interrupted by bloody conflicts with your neighbors, and a vile dependence on a foreign power. If your leaders could succeed in establishing a separation, what would be your situation? Are you united at home-are you free from the apprehension of civil discord, with all its fearful consequences? Do our neighboring republics, every day suffering some new revolution or contending with some new insurrection- do they excite your envy? But the dictates of a high duty oblige me solemnly to announce that you cannot succeed. The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on the subjectmy duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Those who told you that you might peaceably prevent their execution, deceived you-they could not have been deceived themselves. They know that a forcible opposition could alone prevent the execution of the laws, and they know that such opposition must be repelled. Their object is disunion, but be not deceived by names; disunion, by armed force, is TREASON. Are you really ready to incur its guilt? If you are, on the head of the instigators of the act be the dreadful consequences-on their heads be the dishonor, but on yours may fall the punishment-on your unhappy State will inevitably fall all the evils of the conflict you force upon the government of your country….the consequence must be fearful for you, distressing to your fellow-citizens here, and to the friends of good government throughout the world. Its enemies have beheld our prosperity with a vexation they could not conceal--it was a standing refutation of their slavish doctrines, and they will point to our discord with the triumph of malignant joy. It is yet in your power to disappoint them. There is yet time to show that the descendants of the Pinckneys, the Sumpters, the Rutledges, and of the thousand other names which adorn the pages of your Revolutionary history, will not abandon that Union to support which so many of them fought and bled and died. I adjure you, as you honor their memory--as you love the cause of freedom, to which they dedicated their lives--as you prize the peace of your country, the lives of its best citizens, and your own fair fame, to retrace your steps. Snatch from the archives of your State the disorganizing edict of its convention-bid its members to re-assemble and promulgate the decided expressions of your will to remain in the path which alone can conduct you to safety, prosperity, and honor…. 

Full text available at Yale University, Avalon Project.

Questions on Nullification Readings:

What was the cause of the Nullification Crisis between South Carolina and the Federal Government?
Who is the author of the Nullification Proclamation?
Name some words or phrases that give you a clue to his position? (Provide at least 5)
Select one quote that reflects this reading?
What is his position on nullification?
What does this person think about the power of the national government? (Provide at least one detail.)
Summarize the reading using at least 5 sentences

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Month 3 week 4: Rebuilding from the Civil War

The Civil War: An Online Exhibit 

Discovering the Civil War Logo

Directions: The Civil War emancipated the slaves and preserved the Union at great cost to American lives. The political and moral convictions that fueled the war were so deep that men and women risked their lives. View actual documents reflective of the core issues surrounding the Civil War by going to an online exhibit at:  Discovering The Civil War: Online Exhibit  Look at the section called: Endings and Beginnings. Answer the questions below. Post your responses. Respond to a classmates post.

Union General Ulysses S. GrantConfederate General Robert E. LeeConfederate General Joseph E. JohnstonAfrican American Drummer Boy

  1.  After the War, how did the South begin to rebuild itself economically? Describe the problems it faced in accepting equal rights for freed slaves?
  2.  How did former slaves begin to shape their lives as free people?
  3. Describe the role the Federal Government played in rebuilding the South politically?
  4. In what ways did government not fully support the freedoms of the former slaves?
  5. What do you think should have been done to ameliorate the lives of former slaves?

Month 3 week 2: The Dred Scott Case

Directions: Refer to your textbook on p.166 regarding the historic decision of the Dred Scott vs. Sandford (1857). Read about the Dred Scott Case at the following link by clicking here.  Answer the questions below. Post your response. Comment on another student's post.

The Dred Scott Decision: The Slavery Debate Intensifies

Comprehension Questions: 
  1.  Explain what the Supreme Court declared in the Dred Scott Case. According to the ruling, could a slave be free if he lived in free territory?
  2. Describe the ways the Nation's political debate over slavery changed with the Supreme Court ruling on the Dred Scott Case.
  3. Describe how the ruling polarized the nation moving us closer to Civil War. 
  4. As you studied this Supreme Court Case, what thoughts do you have surrounding this Supreme Court Ruling?