Archive for February, 2011

Last WWI veteran dies

Frank Buckles died February 27 at the age of… 110.

Since we do know the difference between weather and climate…

Ooh! There goes a snowflake! So, just in case….

Chapter 34 is due on Monday. The questions are below. I hope I see you tomorrow!

Make sure you have watched/read all the posts below, and I have moved up the letter about registration for the AP test, so look below that. That means the first Fireside Chat, the video about the Slave Narratives, the information about the Migrant Mother, etc. Check the archive for chapter 33 if you think you missed anything.

Chapter 34 questions- due Monday

Terms check Monday. Make sure you have watched the video posts on the Slave Narratives by Monday, too.

Make sure you answer these fully.

Chapter 34 Questions

1. What were the goals of the London Conference, and why was FDR leery of cooperating too much with these goals? What was the impact of his stance?

2. Why was there support for the Tydings-McDuffie Act and how did this emboldened Japan’s leaders in their plans for expansion? What part did recognition of the USSR play in our Asian affairs? Why were Roman Catholics opposed to recognition of or cooperation with the USSR?

3. What were some specific examples of an American change of heart as evinced in the Good Neighbor policy?

4. What was the relationship between Reciprocal Trade Agreements and tariff policy? What does “free trade” mean?

5. How did American isolationism impact the growth of totalitarianism, specifically and vice versa? What was the point of the Johnson Debt Default Act?

6. What did the Nye Committee claim about the entrance of the US into World War I? How were the Neutrality Acts of the 1930s hopelessly naïve in their assumptions?

7. How did Francisco Franco and the Japanese benefit from American “peace-at-any-price-ism?”

8. What caused FDR to give his “Quarantine” speech, and why did some people judge the proposed policy as too dangerous?

9. What actions demonstrate how emboldened Japan and Germany were by American isolationism and Western European “appeasement” in the mid-to late 1930s? Create a timeline to demonstrate.

10. Why was the Hitler-Stalin Pact so significant—and unexpected? How did Britain and France respond? What was indicated about America’s attitudes by the Neutrality Act of 1939?

11. What impact did the Neutrality Act of 1939 have upon the recession of 1937-1938?

12. What was the “phony war” and why was it called that? How did it end? Why was Britain so important by 1940?

13. How did the US respond to the collapse of France? Be sure to answer fully.

14. What did the “America First” Committee stand for, and who was their celebrity spokesman?

15. How did the US benefit from the destroyers deal?

16. Who was Wendell Willkie, and what strategies did he employ to attempt to defeat FDR?

17. What did the slogans “Send guns, not sons,” and “Billions, not bodies” signify about changing American attitudes, especially in light of the conscription law passed in 1940? What proposed bill was related to these slogans? What did Roosevelt mean by the phrase “arsenal of democracy?”

18. At what point did America abandon neutrality? What forces converged to cause this shift? How did Hitler’s attack on the USSR influence this policy and create some strange alliances for the US?

19. What did the Atlantic Charter attempt to do, and how was it similar to the 14 Points?

20. What role did oil play in the maneuvers of Japan and Germany in 1940-1941?

21. Why should the attack on Pearl Harbor NOT have been a surprise? Why was it a surprise anyway? What did the Japanese accomplish with this attack—and where did they fail?

FDR announces the D-Day invasion

… and leads the nation in prayer (which would not happen today).

And here is Eisenhower’s address on the eve of the invasion to rally the troops.

First Fireside Chat: an excerpt

Given on March 12, 1933, a week after his inauguration. See the full text elsewhere on the blog.

Upcoming deadlines- 2/22 and 3/11

Your QUESTIONS (rather than outline notes) for chapter 33 are posted below the information on the Dustbowl here on the main page. Make sure you answer the questions in depth by Tuesday, February 22.

Make sure you have read the articles about the Migrant Mother and the Dust Bowl by your B and C days next week.

You will have registration for your senior year on Tuesday and your terms check over chapter 33.

Make sure you have registered for your AP exams online by March 11. You do the registration online, then bring your printed registration and your checks to Ms. Caimi in the guidance office by that date!!!!

Good links on the Dust Bowl

and this one explains some of the science behind the Dust Bowl: