Questions and Answers


Please answer FIVE questions below in at least one paragraph each. Your answer should reflect the relevant information in Foner. In fact, you are not allowed to consult any sources other than Foner.

Each answer should contain at least THREE specific examples from the relevant textbook chapter in Foner. Specific examples/evidence can be people (such as Jane Addams), laws (such as the Dawes Act), Supreme Court decisions (such as Plessy v. Ferguson), wars (such as the Spanish-American War), statistics (such as the number of union members during a time period), or specific events (such as the Pullman Strike).

Please indicate the page number in Foner where you found the example in parenthesis. To cite something as an example/piece of evidence, you can either use a direct quote from the textbook or paraphrase what Foner says.

Below is the model example:

Chapter 20, review question 2: Which groups did not share in the prosperity of the 1920s and why?

Many Americans did not share in the prosperity of the 1920s because the income and wealth created during that time was distributed unequally. As Foner points out, national income increasingly went to the wealthiest people and biggest banks and corporations. For example, farmers continued to suffer due to overproduction, which had been encouraged by the government during the First World War to feed the soldiers. In Montana, half the farmers went out of business between 1921 and 1925b (p. 785). Similarly, workers’ incomes did not keep up with corporate profits. “During the 1920s, organized labor lost more than 2 million members” (p. 787). Lastly, African Americans who moved North also did not fully share in the prosperity. For example, in Harlem, “even the famed Cotton Club excluded black customers and employed only light-skinned danders in its renowned chorus line” (p. 808).

Notice how this model response gives a general answer to the “why” question (in bold) and then uses three specific examples of groups of Americans excluded from the prosperity of the 1920s. Italics=example; Either use a paraphrase or a direct quote for examples, but always give the page number of where you found the information.

Also notice how this answer uses information from all over the chapter, not just the subheading “The Limits of Prosperity.” You should draw information from throughout the relevant chapter for each question.

I have also attached the five questions below and which chapter they belong to. Please don’t copy from other sources rather than the text that I give to you.

1.Identify the causes—both domestic and international—of the Great Depression. (Chapter20)

2.What are governmental and private examples of coercive (that means “forced”) patriotism during World War I? What were the effects of those efforts? (Chapter19)

3.How did the entrenched power of southern white conservatives limit African-Americans’ ability to enjoy the full benefits of the New Deal and eliminate racial violence and discrimination? Why did African-Americans still support the Democratic Party? (Chapter21)

4.What did Progressive era feminists want to change in society, and how did their actions help to spearhead broader reforms? (Chapter18)

5.Why were railroads so important to America’s second industrial revolution? What events demonstrate their influence on society and politics as well as the economy? (Chapter16)