Research Papers on U.S. History (1900s)

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  • 1920s' Sexual Revolution in America

    A 12 page contention that the 1920s did indeed spawn a sexual revolution. The industrialization which would overtake the U.S. in this time period would impact us in some very astounding ways. One of these ways was the advent of the sexual revolution, a revolution in which the mores and social behavior of the newly-named “flapper” would usurp those of the traditional American housewife. The flapper would come to epitomize the liberation of American women from the rigidly-defined patriarchal system which had kept them and their female ancestors bound practically since the beginning of mankind’s reign on earth. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Human Experimentation during the Nazi Era

    An 8 page research paper that describes the experiments that were conducted by German doctors and SS physicians during the 1930s and World War II. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Vietnam War Soldiers and Suicides

    An 8 page paper which examines the trend of veterans who committed suicide after returning home from the Vietnam War. Specifically considered are the reasons why they did it, psychological factors, role of family, and seeking help. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • A History of the US' Federal Reserve System

    This 5-page paper discusses what 20th century events led to formation of the Federal Reserve System. Also discussed is the struggles that Americans had when it came to monetary supply control and the idea of a "central banking" system. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • World War II A Chronological History

    This 10 page paper provides a history from beginning to end of the Second World War. Causes of the war are discussed and how the war ends is also noted. Major events are highlighted such as the Holocaust and the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. A timeline is included. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • World War I A Chronological History

    This 8 page paper provides a history from beginning to end of the First World War. Causes of the war are discussed and how the war ends is also noted. Major battles are highlighted. A timeline is included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • US Women's Suffrage and its History

    This is a 3 page paper discussing the history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. The women’s suffrage movement within the United States began in earnest in 1848. Reflecting the sentiments of women around the world, organizers of a national convention that year began the process to fight for the right to vote (suffrage) and enfranchisement (the end of slavery) for women. The suffrage movement had two organizations, the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) headed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the American Women Suffrage Association (AWSA) organized by Lucy Stone and others. The two organizations merged in 1890 which was also the year which also saw women’s rights to vote gradually being accepted across many of the Western states. After a long struggle and witnessing the enfranchisement of women occurring in many other countries, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote was finally passed in 1920. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Race and the War Film Genre

    In this well reasoned 5 page essay, the writer argues that war films have traditionally avoided having to portray African Americans in a realistic manner. Even films about the Civil War "hid" Black people to a large extent -- out of fear that doing otherwise would invoke some controversial discontent. A number of insightful examples from war films are provided to support this thesis. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • IHL and the Gulf War

    This 5 page paper examines the role of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) during the Gulf War, the paper considers the requirements of IHL, the issues it raised during this conflict, the way in which it was violated by both sided and the lessons for the future. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Twentieth Century Changes in the Relationship Between the U.S. Economy and American Law

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses how the extent to which one can gauge the impact of the changing relation between American law and the American economy over the course of the twentieth century is by many things, not the least of which is by examining Keynesian philosophy. Earl Warren's equality style liberalism is also discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Assimilation Ideologies and Ethnic, Racial, and Cultural Diversity

    A 6 page review of the numerous factors which have led to diversity in the United States. The author explores the three major ideologies of assimilation (“Anglo-Conformity”, “the Melting Pot”, and “Cultural Pluralism”) and rejects these terminologies in favor of “structural pluralism”, a terminology which takes into account factors such as economics and geography as well as race and ethnicity to describe American diversity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Superhero Films, Comics, and Cartoons and Their American Significance During the Second World War and the Cold War

    This is an 8 page paper discussing the emergence and significance of the superhero comics, cartoons and films in the United States in World War II and the Cold War. Within the United States, superhero cartoons, comics and films shifted dramatically in both themes and popularity in World War II and again during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Suddenly, when it became obvious that the United States was becoming involved in the Pacific and Atlantic conflicts in World War II, superheroes who bestowed patriotic American virtues were used as propaganda in the war against the Japanese and the Nazis. Superheroes such as Superman and Captain America appeared on the battlefields with equally heroic super soldiers. The comics and cartoons supporting the American war effort were reinforced within the daily newspapers, cartoons, comics and films. After the war, comics which highlighted horrific and terrifying crime images were quickly shut down by the U.S. Senate Committee interested in maintaining American virtues and not corrupting American youth. During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war increased and superheroes took on superpowers which allowed them to combat the “Red Threat” but remained out of the war zones due to the unpopular conflict in Vietnam. Regardless of the era, superheroes depicted in cartoons, comics and films have tried to reinforce the traditional American virtues and have remained increasingly popular using this format and have also remained important and significant on their influence and impact on the American public. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Purple Heart and Casablanca, Messages to the American Public in the Turbulent Years of World War II

    A 10 page research paper that examines 2 world war II films. The writer argues that these films exemplify the message being sent via movies to the American public. The Purple Heart (1944) and Casablanca (1942) both emphasize the reasons why Americans were fighting, as well as providing a template for the ideal of self-sacrifice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Critiquing the Vietnam War Through Film

    9 pages in length. Hollywood creates films for more than just the entertainment factor. Writers and directors team up as a means by which to offer personal insight to the given subject through a well-received and popular medium. Opinion of and criticism for the Vietnam War is one of the most widely held of all Hollywood foci when it comes to presenting critique of wartime activities, with such films as Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon, Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and John Wayne's The Green Berets reflecting but a handful of movies offering viewers critical comment from the production perspective. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The ‘Bright’ Promise of Communism Contrasted with the ‘Darkness’ of the Great Depression in the Films The Grapes of Wrath and Bound for Glory

    In seven pages this paper treats these films from 1940 and 1976 as if they were historical documents from the Depression era and analyzes how these respective films interpret this period in American history. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Generations The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by William Strauss and Neil Howe

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses what the Thirteenth Generation is, how it differs from the Baby Boomers and what might be in store for them in the twenty-first century. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Early 20th Century Historical Contributions of the Average Female

    An 8 page paper looking at the way women's contributions to our culture have fundamentally altered American history in the early part of this century. The paper contends that even if women's political contributions are ignored, changing social attitudes - changed by women, from within -- toward such issues as consumerism, contraception, and working outside the home transformed our culture. Bibliography lists five sources.

  • Theme Parks and Their History

    This 7 page paper explores the evolution of theme parks from Disneyland to Universal Studios' Jurassic Park. Specifically discussed are the economic benefits provided by theme parks, the ever-growing number of theme parks throughout the United States, and the changes theme parks have undergone over the years. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • U.S. History from 1960 to the Present Time

    (11 pp) This tutorial exercise examines history and policies of blacks, women and Indians within a thirty year time span. The presidencies of Reagan and Johnson are examine, as are some generalities concerning domestic and foreign policy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by Loewen and A People's History of the US by Zinn

    A paper which looks at two critiques of the way in which American history has been deliberately misrepresented by successive governments, and the resultant mythology which has been constructed by historians and presented as factual evidence.

  • Collective Bargaining and its History

    This 5 page report explains that collective bargaining is when one group argues for its rights, needs, or demands from another group. It most often refers to the workplace and labor relations, negotiations between employers and employees (who are usually represented by a labor union) about terms and conditions of employment. A brief history of collective bargaining in the United States is presented. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • History and Culture of the Cherokee

    An 8 page overview of the culture and history of this American Indian group. The author emphasizes that today the Cherokee, in many ways, are little different from mainstream While culture in the United States. They have, in fact, assimilated almost completely into that culture. At the time of contact with non-Natives, however, there were often substantial differences between Cherokee and White culture. These differences translated into rocky relationships between the Cherokee and the United States government, relationships which eventually resulted in the forced removal of most of the Cherokee from their homelands, the establishment of a government reservation for the people, and the separation of the nation into two distinctly different political units. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Apartheid's History

    6 pages. This paper gives an overview of the history of Apartheid, especially in the context of two specific books. White Supremacy by George Fredrickson and Ethnic Power Mobilized by Heribert Adam are the two books which are analyzed and commented on in this historical look at Apartheid. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Early Labor History in Three Strikes by Howard Zinn, Dana Frank, and Robin Kelley

    A 5 page analysis of the circumstances and meanings presented in the book by Howard Zinn, Dana Frank, and Robin Kelley. Broken into three major sections, each authored by either Zinn, Frank, or Kelley, this book details the bloody Colorado Coal Strike of 1913-1914, the Detroit Woolworth's Strike of 1937, and the New York Musicians Strike of 1936-1937. Although only the Detroit Woolworth Strike was won, these labor strikes will forever memorialize internal labor movement relations of the early half of the twentieth century. The author of this paper contends that the progress made in these strikes are directly applicable to the contemporary working environment as well. No additional sources are listed.

  • Significant Events in American History between the late 1950s and 2002

    A 5 page paper that outlines and briefly discusses some of the major events of the last 45 years in the United States and their impact on American life. Some of those events include the 2000 presidential election, the attack on America, Vietnam, Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of President Kennedy, Watergate, StarWars and many more. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Post Second World War and Global History

    7 pages in length. The changes that have occurred since the end of World War II have been both grand and far-reaching; from a global standpoint, myriad events have taken place to completely alter the direction in which the world has progressed. Choosing but a handful of these incidents is weighty indeed, however, it can readily be argued that two issues served to transform the world in significant ways: The Cuban Missile Crisis and technology/globalization. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Postwar Settlement Consequences in War And Peace in The Middle East A Concise History by Avi Shlaim

    5 pages in length. According to Avi Shlaim's "War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History," ignorance of human rights and a tendency toward political oppression were the consequences of the post-war settlement of 1918-1922, clearly reflecting the consequential elements of imperialism for American policy in the Middle East. At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was on the verge of becoming one of the world's most important imperial powers. The combination of public pressure, foreign policy elite and agricultural/industrial capitalism clearly signaled a massive global change of significant proportions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • A History of American Organized Crime

    A 15 page research paper that offers a history of organized crime in the US. The writer follows this history from Prohibition to the current day, concentrating on the career of Lucky Luciano, and arguing that the influence of the Mafia has declined in recent years, as Asian and Latin American gangs have gained ascendancy. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Vietnam A History by Stanley Karnow

    A 4 page paper which examines Stanley Karnow’s work “Vietnam: A History.” No additional sources cited.

  • US Influence on the History of the Panama Canal

    This 7-page paper focuses on the history of the Panama Canal and the influence of the U.S. government in making this project happen. Other topics for discussion include whether or not the U.S. could be considered imperialistic in its efforts to build a Canal though this country. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Anti Semitism Throughout U.S. History

    A 5 page discussion of the depths that anti-Semitism sometimes flow in our own country. While acknowledging this hatred and bias that has been constructed against Jews, the author of this paper denounces the growing tendency to indict the Roosevelt administration as anti-Semitic. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Anti Semitism History in the United States

    A 4 page research paper that explores the topic of anti-Semitism in the US and elsewhere prior to World War II and how this might have shaped public policy concerning Jewish immigration quotas, which, of course, facilitated Nazi extermination policies. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Aspects of U.S. History - Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement

    This 6-page paper focuses on two facets of U.S. history -- first, how Brown vs. Board of Education helped spark desegregation and ultimately the Civil Rights Movement; and second, how the Vietnam War escalated under the leadership of Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

  • 120 Years of American History

    This 6 page paper discusses five specific issues and how they've changed American society since 1885.

  • Second World War and Its Chronological History

    An 8 page paper which examines the chronological history of WWII. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 'The History Book' and School Textbooks on History

    This 4 page paper considers how “The History Book” may present a different picture of history compared to the history which is usually found in school history books. The approach is then applied to modern events such as the Iraq war. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Disco Music and History

    A 3 page paper which examines whether disco music was a result of history or rather influenced history. No sources cited.

  • Labor History and Its Problems

    A 3 page essay that, first of all, summarizes an essay by labor historian Elizabeth Faue, which criticizes the orientation of traditional labor historians. Then, the writer summarizes two additional essays that support Faue's contentions. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Truth and History

    This 6 page paper considers the question of truth with regard to one historical incident, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of 1911. It also discusses ways in which an examination of this incident is relevant to our understanding of the present, and whether it illuminates any contemporary incident. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Modernity and History

    A 5 page essay/research paper that looks at modernity. The writer addresses the question of when modernity began (which is debatable), why it began and how, but also discusses whether this was a good or bad development. The writer argues in favor of modernity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • American History Themes of Imperialism and War

    This 4 page paper discusses the topics of imperialism, the two world wars, and Vietnam, and how they can be connected using two specific references, Liberty, Equality and Power and Having Our Say. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Great Depression History Firsthand by Dennis Nishi Summary and Review of Dennis Nishi's “The Great Depression (History Firsthand)”

    A 3 page paper which provides a general overview and review of this historical textbook aimed at students grades 6 through 12. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 20th Century Literature and Its Influential Factors

    This 5 page paper discusses the factors of the twentieth century which influence the writers of the time. Examples and authors listed as well. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The United States in the Aftermath of WWII with Europe and Japan

    A 3 page paper which examines how the United States helped Europe and Japan following WWII. The paper also discusses how this differs from their lack of involvement following WWI. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Traditional Clothing in the United States and China

    3 pages in length. Cultural expression is conveyed in myriad ways from art to food and architecture to literature. Perhaps, however, there is no better way to communicate a particular culture's legacy than by means of traditional clothing. China and the United States have some of the most unique garments across the globe, and it is with these examples of specific style that each one passes on its own heritage. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • New York Times Co. v. United States

    This 13 page paper discusses the 1971 "Pentagon Papers" case that was argued before the Supreme Court, which found that the Times could publish classified documents pertaining to the Administration's misleading of the American public with regard to the situation in Vietnam. The paper discusses what this means for journalists today; includes a brief literature review. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Causes and Results of World War I

    A 5 page paper discussing the domestic and international causes of WWI. From those we examine the after effects which led to the somewhat stable order that existed in the post war countries of Russia and the United States. Much like any after math of war, there must be some adjustments that allow for the countries to exist in peace for some time, especially in regards to countries which possess the power that the former Soviet Union and the United States did. Without some form of stability in this respect, incidents might well occur that could not be retrieved. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 20th Century U.S. Welfare Capitalism and Personnel Management

    This 14 page paper looks at the history of personnel management as it evolved between 1900 and 1940. Welfare capitalism during that time period is also discussed and concepts are interrelated. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Second World War and Nursing

    This paper examines the nursing profession in the United States in conjunction with World War II. In addition to describing some of the duties that nurses performed during the war, the essay also discusses the impact that the war had on the nursing profession in general, and how the war helped move the profession to where it is today. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Overview of Washington State's City of Seattle

    This 5 page report discusses the city of Seattle in the State of Washington. Seattle has become one of those places that people have come to equate with “cool.” Nature lovers enjoy the easy access to forests, mountains, the ocean, lakes and the rainforest. It has a population that is as diverse as anywhere in America. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Divergence of Country and Folk Music? ?

    This? ?6? ?page paper traces the evolution of the American folk song from the so-called hillbilly music of the Appalachians to Country and Western.? ?The bibliography includes five sources.?

  • 1960s' Countercultures

    This 11 page paper explores counter culture in the 1960s with a focus on how various disciplines treat the time period. History, art history and music are three areas discussed in depth. The mainstream culture is also looked at. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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