Archive for January, 2012

Reminders- Updated

1. Chapter 28 due Monday, January 23. Go over questions that day. Terms check chapter 28 Tuesday due to assembly schedule.
2. Chapter 29 due Friday, January 27. Questions will be finished in class that day, and you will have a chart to complete.
3. Test over chapters 27-29 on Wednesday, Feb, 1.
4. Make sure you keep checking the blog.


Test over chapters 25-26 Tuesday. There are all kinds of study aids posted already here on the front page and in the archives if you are confused. Your questions that you did for chapter 26 should also help you. Be ready to start your test as soon as possible Tuesday.

Chapter 27 due Wednesday- Questions are already posted below.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Questions Chapter 27- Imperialism

Chapter 27 questions
Due Wednesday, January 18

1.What was the relationship between American industrialization and the sudden attention to foreign relations and imperialism in the post-Civil War era? (Think back to mercantilism for help.)
2. What 2 policy developments did Alfred Thayer Mahan help encourage?
3. How was the Big Sister policy paternalistic?
4. What three events were used as examples of America’s new belligerence?
5. Why did Britain finally decide to play nice with the US?
6. Why did the McKinley Tariff create a crisis among white plantation owners in Hawai’i? Why was the Hawai’ian situation not resolved for another 5 years?
7. What did Hawai’i and Cuba have in common?
8. What does “you furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war” mean?
9. What actually happened to the Maine? What was implied at the time, and why would this matter?
10. In what way was the Teller amendment like the Wilmot Proviso?
11. Where were the first shots fired in the Spanish-American War? How is that different from where the issue was that caused the declaration of war? What was the shape of the Spanish navy?
12. Why did the Spanish-American War make Hawai’i more important, strategically? What then happened?
13. What is the connection between Leonard Wood and Missouri (you may need to google this)? Why were the Rough Riders so famous?
14. What were the leading causes of American casualties during the war?
15. What were the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898? What specific religious concerns influence the negotiations? Why was the treaty controversial at home?
16. What were the concerns of the Anti-Imperialist League and its allies? What was the “White Man’s Burden?” How did the Insular Cases exemplify the confusion over our new overseas possessions?
17. How did the Platt Amendment attempted to lessen the impact of the Teller Amendment?
18. Why was the Spanish-American War called a “splendid little war?”
19. What were the causes and effects of the Philippine Insurrection?
20. What does “benevolent assimilation” mean?
21. Why did the United States find itself involved in China, and what were the consequences of that involvement? How did the Chinese feel about Western interference?
22. What specific criticisms did William Jennings Bryan make during the presidential campaign of 1900?
23. How (and when) did the plot to remove Theodore Roosevelt from influence backfire?
24. Explain the differences among the three treaties that dealt with the construction of an isthmian canal. Why were the French involved, but the British less so?
25. What was the total cost of building the Panama Canal, in money, lives, and time?
26. What was “preventive intervention,” and what was it better known as? Where did this apply?
27. How did Teddy Roosevelt become the first US president to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize?
28. Why did anti-Asian sentiment break out in California again by 1906? What two agreements were concluded with Japan, specifically?

Some questions to ponder over chapters 25-26

Which of the following best expresses Turner’s “Frontier thesis?”
A. “The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American development.”
B. “The most significant thing about the American frontier is, that it lies at the hither edge of free land.”
C. “The effect of the Indian frontier as a consolidating agent in our history is important.”
D. “… the demand for land and the love of wilderness freedom drew the frontier ever onward.”
E. “The effect of the Indian frontier as a consolidating agent in our history is important.”

The real “safety valve” in the late 19th century was
A. the city.
B. the Western frontier.
C. Hawai’i.
D. Canada.
E. Alaska.

Under President Benjamin Harrison, the Republicans were eager to spend the government’s surplus money because they wanted to
A. safeguard the high tariff.
B. win the support of farmers.
C. increase the services government provided to citizens.
D. deny that they were insensitive to the needs of labor.
E. help ease the hardships caused by the Depression of 1893.

Farmers in the late 19th century believed that their difficulties stemmed from, among other things, which of the following?
A. low tariff rates.
B. overproduction.
C. easy credit.
D. the currency supply.
E. drought.

One of the major effects of the industrial revolution of the late 19th century in the US was
A. an increased emphasis on worker health and safety issues.
B. a decrease in worker productivity as a result of continuous clashes between unions and management.
C. an increased emphasis on high- quality, error free work.
D. an increase in the number of small industrial facilities, which could operate more efficiently than larger industrial plants.
E. an increased emphasis on speed rather than quality of work.

Booker T. Washington believed that the key to political and civil rights for African Americans was
A. specialized training to demonstrate African Americans’ contributions to society and the economy
B. rigorous academic training to prove that African Americans were in every way intellectually equal to whites
C. the rejection of accomodationist attitudes
D. to directly challenge white supremacy
E. an emphasis on liberal arts colleges that admitted blacks.

Practice Questions Ch 25-26 Test on Tuesday

1. The first major farmers’ organization was the
A. Patrons of Husbandry
B. Populists
C. Greenback Labor Party
D. Farmers’ Alliance
E. American Farm Bureau

2. One problem with the Homestead Act was that
A. public land was sold for revenue.
B. 160 acres was inadequate for productive farming on the Great Plains.
C. Midwestern farmers had to give up raising livestock due to intense competition with the West.
D. the railroads purchased most of the land.
E. the Southern states weakened the law until it was meaningless.

3. The Dawes Severalty Act did all of the following EXCEPT
A. dissolve many tribes as legal intermediaries for the Indians
B. outlaw the sacred Sun Dance
C. enforce individual rather than tribal ownership of land
D. promise Indians US citizenship in 25 years
E. turn nomadic Indians into farmers

4. Farmers in the late 19th century believed that their difficulties stemmed from, among other things, which of the following?
A. low tariff rates. D. the limited currency supply.
B. overproduction. E. constant drought.
C. easy credit.

5. Farmers problems in the late 1880s really stemmed from which of the following?
A. low tariff rates. D. the currency supply.
B. overproduction. E. drought.
C. easy credit.

6. The major factor drawing people off farms and into the big cities was
A. the development of the skyscraper.
B. the availability of industrial jobs.
C. the compact nature of large communities.
D. the advent of new housing structures known as dumbbell tenements.
E. the lure of cultural excitement and entertainment.

7. The New Immigrants who came to the US after 1880
A. had experience with democratic governments.
B. arrived primarily from Germany. Sweden, and Norway.
C. were culturally different from previous immigrants.
D. received a warm welcome from the Old Immigrants.
E. represented nonwhite racial groups.

8. A “bird of passage” was an immigrant who
A. came to the United States to live permanently.
B. only passed through America on his way to Canada.
C. came to America to work for a short time and then return home.
D. was unmarried.
E. drifted from job to job.

9. The religious denomination that responded the most favorably to the New Immigration was
A. Roman Catholics D. Christian Scientists
B. Baptists E. Mormons
C. Episcopalians

10. The Darwinian theory of evolution through natural selection affected American religion by
A. turning most scientists against religion.
B. creating a split (to this day) between religious conservatives and “accomodationists”
C. raising awareness of the close spiritual kinship between animals and human beings
D. causing a revival of the doctrine of original sin
E. sparking the rise of new denomination based on science

The Native Americans

Includes a chant and really great pictures.

The Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890

This video can also be accessed at

Why did this massacre happen?

Although the video ends somewhat abruptly, here’s the rest of the story of what happened to the baby: