Essay #1: The Rise of Conservatism
Prepare: Explore The Political Compass website and take the quiz. Take the time to notice where your responses landed you on the Political Compass grid and where that point is in relation to world leaders. Then, read Chapters 13 and 14 in your textbook and the article, “The Rise of Conservatism Since World War II.”
Reflect: Consider the information on The Political Compass website. How well did the information on the website conform to your own views of what “liberal” and “conservative” mean? How well did the information conform to the medias portrayals of “liberal” and “conservative”? Think about the information that you read in the textbook and “The rise of conservatism since World War II.” Reflect on the reasons that conservatism gained more popular support in the last part of the 20th century and what effect conservative policies have had on different groups.
Write: Based on your textbook and the required article, explain
- At least three reasons for the rise of conservatism in the last part of the 20th century.
- At least one way in which the rise of conservatism had been positive or negative for a specific group of Americans.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Provide specific examples to support your points. Your references and citations must be formatted according to APA style.
Essay #2: How Far Have We Come?
Prepare: Take some time to look back on the information that you learned in this course and the work that you have done on your Final Project. Look back at your instructors feedback on your thesis on the Week Three Assignment.
Reflect: Throughout this course, we have looked at how life has changed for different groups of Americans since the end of Reconstruction. Think about the many ways that the United States has made tremendous progress in realizing equality for all Americans. Where are there still some areas in which there is more to do? What conclusions have you reached while researching your Final Project? What specific events support your conclusion?
Write: Create a post that explains:
- The main conclusion from your Final Project. This is your thesis. Be sure to take the time to review your instructors feedback on your Week Three assignment and consider any additional information that you have learned. Then, revise your thesis accordingly.
- At least two events that support your conclusion.