Lesson 1 Discussion
Read Chapter 16 and the information provided regarding the Accounts of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•According to Black Elk, what atrocities took place a Wounded Knee? How did President Harrison describe these atrocities?
•Whom did Black Elk blame for the Wounded Knee Massacre? Whom did Harrison blame?
•According to President Harrison, what was the future of Native Americans? How did Black Elk’s vision of the future compare to Harrison’s vision?
Lesson 2 Discussion
Read Chapters 17 and 18 as well as the If I Were a Man information by Charlotte Perkins Gillman. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•What things most surprised Mollie-as-Gerald?
•What point was Gilman making in this story?
•What did she identify as the gender inequalities of the day?
•Do the stereotypes concerning women that Gilman illustrates in this piece exist today? If so, provide an example.
Lesson 3 Discussion
Read Chapter 19 as well as the Happiness in Marriage information by Margaret Sanger. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•What changes did Sanger describe in married relations in recent generations?
•What changes did Sanger hope would come about if unplanned pregnancies could be prevented?
•Do debates concerning birth control and unplanned pregnancies still occur in the United States?
•Are Sanger’s points still relevant? How?
Lesson 4 Discussion
Read Chapters 20 and 21 as well as the Share Our Wealth information by Huey Long. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•What were the most radical aspects of Long’s plan?
•Did any of his ideas become reality?
•Upon whose law did Long base his ideas?
•Do you think this assertion increased or diminished support for his ideas?
•What did Long predict would be the consequences if the nation failed to adopt a program such as his?
Lesson 5 Discussion
Read Chapter 22 as well as the Transcript of the Roosevelt-Molotov Meeting. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•Why does Molotov believe a “second front” should be opened in 1942?
•If such a front is opened, what does Molotov predict?
•If such a front is not opened, what does he fear might occur?
•Given that a second front in France was not opened until June, 1944, what do you think the effect of that delay may have had on longer-term U.S.–Soviet relations?
Lesson 6 Discussion
Read Chapters 23 and 24 along with the information provided regarding The Southern Manifesto. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•What is the basis of the opposition to the Brown decision as expressed in this document?
•According to the manifesto, whose power would the federal government usurp by implementing Brown?
•What role did “habits,” “customs,” and “traditions” play in the arguments presented in the document?
Lesson 7 Discussion
Read Chapters 25 and 26 along with the information provided on Dissenting Opinion on Vietnam by George Ball. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•According to this document, what are the options President Johnson faces? What decision DID he make? Was it/were they the right decisions?
Lesson 8 Discussion
Read Chapters 27 and 28 along with George H.W. Bush’s Gulf War Address. Once all reading is complete, respond to the following items:
•Although most of this speech focuses on Iraq and Kuwait, what domestic issues does President Bush also address? How are those issues linked to the situation in Iraq?
•Which counties does Bush identify specifically as working closely with the United States? Why might he focus on these countries?
•Ultimately, according to Bush, why is intervention in Kuwait necessary?
Foner, E., Give Me Liberty: An American History, 4th Edition, W. W. Norton & Company