American Cultures Ms. Wilus Research Paper Topics Name___________________ Date____________________ Period_________ I. Possible topics (1915 - 2001) A. The First World War - Wilson's Foreign Policy - Outbreak of War in Europe - Neutrality - America Enters the War - The War Abroad - The Home Front - Wilson's Peace Program: Success / Failure - Aftermath B. The 1920's - The Election of 1920 - Foreign Affairs in the 1920's - Domestic Policies and Politics of the 1920's - The Golden Twenties - The plight of agriculture in the 1920's - The Red Scare - Prohibition - Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's - The Scopes Trial C. The Depression - FDR - Stock Market Crash - Causes of the Depression - Herbert Hoover's Programs - FDR - The New Deal - Critics of the New Deal - The Second New Deal - Labor in the 1930's - The Role of Eleanor Roosevelt in the Depression D. World War II - The Election of 1940 - American Involvement in Global War - Wartime Diplomacy - Lend Lease Plan - Atlantic Charter - Pearl Harbor - The American Home Front - Japanese Internment - The Atomic Bomb E. The Cold War - Harry S Truman: Foreign Policy - Background to the Cold war - Atomic Rivalry - The Policy of Containment Marshall Plan Truman Doctrine McCarthyism Berlin Blockade The United Nations Truman Doctrine Brinksmanship The Korean War F. The 1950's - Civil Rights issues of the 1950’s - Harry s. Truman: Domestic Policy - Eisenhower: Domestic Foreign - Desegregation of Little Rock - Brown vs. Board of Ed. G. John F. Kennedy - The 1960 Election: Kennedy v. Nixon - The New Frontier - Kennedy and Camelot - Cuban Missile Crisis - Robert Kennedy - Kennedy and Vietnam - Assassination of JFK - The Performance of the Kennedy Administration H. The 1960’s - Terrorism in the 1960’s - Social Unrest of the 1960’s - The Civil Rights Movements and the 1960’s I. Lyndon B. Johnson - Transfer of Power: Kennedy to Johnson - Johnson and Vietnam -The Great Society J. The Nixon Years - The 1968 Election - Domestic Policy Under Nixon - Nixon and Vietnam - The Pentagon Papers - The Watergate Break-in - Nixon / Kissinger Foreign Policy: China - Nixon / Kissinger Foreign Policy: The Middle East - Nixon / Kissinger Foreign Policy: The Soviet Union - Nixon Resigns From Office - The Performance of the Nixon Administration - Gerald Ford: The President from Congress - The Nixon Pardon -”Stagflation” in the 1970’s K. James Earl Carter - 1976 Election -Carter’s Peacemaking: Camp David Accords - Iran Hostage Crisis - Deteriorating Soviet / American Relations: SALT II - Afghanistan: The Olympic Boycott - Carter: Foreign Policy - Carter: Domestic Problems and Solutions L. Ronald Reagan - The issues of the 1980 & 1984 election - Reaganomics - Reagan and anti-terrorism - The attack on Libya - U.S. involvement in Latin America: El Salvador & Nicaragua - The Iran-Contra Scandal - Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) - AKA: Star Wars Defense - Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) - Deregulation of the savings and loan industry-S&L Scandal - The Reagan assassination attempt (John Hinckley Jr.) - Reagan and environmental policy - Reagan confronting organized labor- Air Traffic Controllers strike - The Grenada invasion - Reagan and military preparedness - "peace through strength" - Nancy Reagan: The anti-drug campaign M. George Bush - The Gulf War - Tianamen Square Demonstration: U.S. policy towards China - Bush shaping European relations following the fall of communism - Failure of the 1988 promise to not raise taxes - The appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court - The Americans with Disabilities Act - U.S. involvement in Somalia - Bush: The environment - Bush: The Iran- Contra Scandal - The pardons N. Clinton - Election of 1992 - Hillary Clinton/Health Care Reform - Bill Gates/High tech Industries - Shifting Population O. September 11th Attack - How the attacks dramatically altered the way Americans looked at life.