1977 NOTE: Also see Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 13
3. From 1790 to the 1870’s, state and national governments intervened in the American economy mainly to aid private economic interests and promote economic growth. Between 1890 and 1929, however, government intervention was designed primarily to curb and regulate private economic activity in the public interest.
Assess the validity of this statement, discussing for each of these periods at least TWO major areas of public economic policy.
3. American social reform movements from 1820 to 1860 were characterized by unyielding perfectionism, impatience with compromise, and distrust of established social institutions. These qualities explain the degree of success or failure of these movements in achieving their objectives.
Discuss with reference to both antislavery and ONE other reform movement of the period 1820-1860 (for example, temperance, women's rights, communitarianism, prison reform, or educational reform).
4. From the 1840’s through the 1890’s, women's activities in the intellectual, social, economic, and political spheres effectively challenged traditional attitudes about women's place in society.
Assess the validity of this statement.
5. Although the economic development of the Trans-Mississippi West is popularly associated with hardy individualism, it was in fact largely dependent on the federal government.
Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to western economic activities in the nineteenth century.
2006 NOTE: Also see Topics: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, & 8 Document Based Question (DBQ)
1. Discuss the changing ideal of American womanhood between the American Revolution (1770's) and the outbreak of the Civil War. What factors fostered the emergence of “republican motherhood” and the “cult of domesticity”? Assess the extent to which these ideals influenced the lives of women during this time period. In your answer be sure to consider issues of race and class.