US History Lessons Learned

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US History Lessons Learned by Mind Map: US History Lessons Learned

1. ***Foreign Relations*** How have foreign entanglements influence America?

1.1. World War 1

1.1.1. When the Us is involved in world affairs to a large extent it is hard to stay neutral if a major

1.1.2. Forming allies can draw the country into a broader conflict.

1.1.3. Because we were already so involved in foreign relations before the war, it was hard to stay neutral when new conflicts arose

1.1.4. After a war, an effective treaty should be created to keep the peace and avoid future conflict

1.1.5. Creating a group like the League of Nations is not a good idea if you suggest it and do not join it. This suggests that the group holds no power and is not effective id you do not join it yourself

1.2. The Great depression

1.2.1. During bad times, governments/countires may to be able to focus on international affairs/conflicts

1.3. Postdam Conferance

1.3.1. When an alliance is formed with another country, information that is kept secret will result in conflict


1.4.1. When all of these causes are present, MAGNETT is likely to cause conflict

2. ***Media*** To what extent does the media influence people? To what extent does the media mirror or reflect society?

2.1. America on the Homefront

2.1.1. The media, when necessary, can be manipulated to serve the greater good by influencing people to aid in war efforts

2.2. Election of 1960

2.2.1. The debate that was filmed on TV effected peoples views on the canidates

2.3. Emmett Till

2.3.1. Emmett Tills open casket put in a perspective of the ways blacks were treated

2.4. Vietnam War

2.4.1. The Vietnam war was known as the first living room war because it was the very first war to be televised. This made it harder for the government to lie about what was going on because people were seeing live footage from the war from the media. This taught the government that they could not lie to try to cover up things anymore because people stopped believing the government now and they lost their credibility from many.

3. ***Technology*** How does technology impact society?

3.1. Improvement of Technology

3.1.1. when people were given credit, it was more common and easier to go into debt

3.2. New Technology

3.2.1. When you have new technology like the radio that can broadcast to a large audience, it connects us all more effectively

3.3. WWI Warfare

3.3.1. Technology changed the way war was fought and we were not ready for it

3.4. End of War Technology

3.4.1. New powerful weapons can quickly end war when one side has them

3.5. Nuclear Race

3.5.1. When there is competition to have none advancement military, there is more threat for a possible attack/bombing

4. ***Civil Rights:*** To what extent have the oppressed in America been able to attain an equality of life?

4.1. African Americans WWI/1920s

4.1.1. There were more job opportunities during a time of war for minorities

4.2. Woman Progress in 1920's

4.2.1. They became more independent and starting to change social norms

4.3. Americcan on the Homefront

4.4. Civil Rights Protests

4.4.1. non violent protest can bring attentions to events and make impacts w/out hurting anymore physically

4.5. Black Panthers

4.5.1. If a movement is not making huge gains, it will become more violent

5. ***Economics:*** How has economics impacted America & Americans?

5.1. Working Class

5.1.1. When you get paid more and work less you have more time for leasire

5.2. Great Depression

5.2.1. When the new deal was created to fix the economic problems, it cost a lot of money and government debt increases

5.2.2. Banks play a large role in a nations economy. If the banks do poor or fail, the national economy will follow

5.2.3. If supply is much greater then demand, the value of it will fall

5.3. Causes of Great Depression

5.3.1. Stock markets crashed and people panicked-started trying to sell stocks for less then bought

5.3.2. People tried to take out their money from the banks and banks went bankrupt

5.3.3. Dust bowl destroyed many crops and farm land

5.3.4. Crops were being sold for less then able to make profit

5.4. New Deal

5.4.1. brought many new organizations

5.5. Vietnam War

5.5.1. The US first had the goal of winning the war with a victory, but realized that in order to send more troops out to fight, they would need to increase taxes and increase the draft, which could still not promise a victory. The US then decided to aim for peace instead of victory because they did not want to risk raising taxes and increasing the draft and then loosing the war. The goals of the US may change due to how the economy is doing.

5.6. War and the Economy

5.6.1. The war had weakened the economy and Johnson's Great Society programs had to be cut back due to war. With a war like Vietnam with tons of working men being drafted and supplies needed for the military, the economy will struggle and things may need to be given up to help pay for it.

6. ***Government:*** What is the role and responsibility of the American government?

6.1. Prohibition

6.1.1. creating unpopualr laws are hard to enforce

6.1.2. It isn't effective and is costly when trying to ban something that people like

6.1.3. People create gangs and there is violence

6.2. Causes of World War 2

6.2.1. Totalitarianism: when one leader has too much power,they can do whatever they want if they are not challanged

6.3. Holocaust

6.3.1. Since Hitler was in power and kept pushing limits with persecution and no one stopped him he was able to continue what he was doing and kill that many people

6.4. The Great Depression

6.4.1. During bad times peoples political views will turn more radical

6.4.2. during bad times, people will start to favor more democratic or socialist forms of government

6.5. Pearl Harbor

6.5.1. When a country attacks us, we must fight back to show our power and assert ourselves

6.6. Battle of Berlin

6.6.1. When two major Powers are fighting in the same war, the apparent "winner" will look most powerful

6.7. Great Society

6.7.1. When the government decreases taxes and creates large social programs, debt will increase.

6.8. Vietnam War

6.8.1. It is the governments job to make choices that will benefit the US the most and to make the best choices revolving war and trying to avoid it if possible. The Vietnam war was not being fought for a strong enough reason and many people weren't even sure why it was being fought in the first place. This caused anti war movements and people to distrusts the government. If the government does not make the choice that will best benefit America, people will go against them and not trust them.

7. ***Leaders & Presidents*** What makes an effective or ineffective leader?

7.1. Presidency in the 1920's

7.2. FDR vs. Hoover

7.2.1. FDR- very controversial, put many news acts into place that allowed more government involvement

7.2.2. Hoover- wanted self regulation, no government involvment

7.3. Pivotal Batttles

7.3.1. A military leader who is aggressive can only be stopped aggressively (appeasement doesn't work)

7.3.2. Having an enemy become an ally promotes competition and harder fighting but can lead to tension after war

7.4. End of War technology

7.4.1. Leaders like Hitler who are willing to fight until the end can be challenging to defeat

7.5. Bay of Pigs Invasion

7.5.1. Presidents need to be educated on things happening in politics/the white house before they are put into office.

7.6. Johnson and the Vietnam War

7.6.1. Most people initially supported Johnson and his ideas, but when the war continued and more deaths were occurring, people started to question his tactics. This divided people into two groups. The Hawks who supported him and the Doves who did not. The economy was weakened and there did not seem to be an end in sight. He did not run for reelection. If the president is not successful in doing what he initially said he would, people will begin to doubt him and he will most likely not be reelected if he decides to run again.

8. ***Migration*** What causes migration and how has it impacted America?

8.1. Great Mirgration/Harlem Rennisance

8.1.1. This brings more cultural diversity to the country and immigrants like this

8.2. Holocaust