Discuss the following topics individually
(Discussion #1 – Discussion #5) with appropriate numbering for each, and save
as one (1) document file (My Discussions).
NOTE: Each discussion must be 2 –
3 paragraphs long with at least 5-6 sentences. Each discussion must demonstrate
some historical evidence, in addition to your personal opinion, in order to
receive full credit.
Discussion #1: Booker T. vs W.E.B.
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
offered differing philosophies, strategies, and tactics for African Americans
following Reconstruction. In your opinion, which of these leaders gave the best
advice for their times? Why do you feel this way?
Discussion #2: Robber Barrons
long debated whether Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, et al., were ORGANIZATIONAL
and INDUSTRIAL GENIUSES or ROBBER BARONS. What do you think? Do you think they
Relatively good men?
A little of both, but more one way than the other?
Would the United States have been better off without them? Why,
or why not?
Discussion #3: Was prohibition a Progressive reform?
During the Progressive Era, Congress passed
the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Do you
consider this a progressive measure or a harmful measure? Do you see any
similarities between outlawing liquor in the early 1900’s and outlawing
recreational drugs in today’s times?
Discussion 4: Welfare Considerations
How much responsibility should the federal
government take in guaranteeing its citizens a minimum standard of living? How
much is too much? Should we move even further in this direction (such as
national health care)? Or should we move back to placing more emphasis on the
state, local government, or on the individuals, themselves?
Discussion #5: Atomic Bomb
Did Truman make the
right decision on dropping the atomic bomb on Japan?