Banging my head against the wall…

Yes, it’s that time of the semester…time to grade exams.  Once again, some of my students have astounded me with their grasp of information and their ability to convey their thoughts when responding to the exam questions.  From one student in the online course choosing to answer a question that was on the on campus exam (but not on the online course exam) to some instances in which spell check was not a students’ friend, this batch of exams definitely was insightful.

From United States History since 1877 (on campus):

Prior to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 presidential campaign, the United States was going through a period called the “modern times.”

As World War II was getting closer, the Good Neighbor Policy became more effective.  United States offered a measure of relief with Germany.  Charles Dawes, a banker, gave Germany with an American Loan.  Since Germany was poor, this allowed Hitler to take over, resulting in World War II.

Since the Good Neighbor Policy was in affect the U.S. was not physically allowed to get involved in any attempts of stopping Germany from taking over other countries.  This would include the attacks on Dane, Norway, as well as Poland.  Even when Britain and France declared war the U.S. was not able to be involved.  However, slowly President Roosevelt found ways to be involved even though the U.S. was declared “neutral” one of those ways was by sending masses of ammo, planes, and guns.

During World War I, Hoover created a program in which Americans rationalized their meals.

From United States History since 1877 (online):

National Origins Act of 1924- There was an annual immigration quota of 2 percent of every natural group that was ever counted in the year 1980.

The U.S under the Truman Doctrine sent aid to Turkey and Greece to take the Burden of the British.

The bold decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan didn’t necessarily have to happen because it is believed that a demonstration of the bombs ability would have led the Japanese to surrender. But it is believed that the decision that was made to drop the bomb was to scare the Soviet Union before the Red Army was able to enter into China.

Reconstruction Finance Corporation: Was created under president Hoover to lend money to help out the railroads and other industries after World War One. It helped the economy after the war and the great depression get back on it’s feet.

The Power Works Administration was the first major program to fight unemployment by giving people money to spend on industrial products. The PWA built several projects but not enough to greatly impact unemployment.

The Ohio Gang was comprised of Herbert Hoover’s friends and associations who asked Hoover to provide them with government jobs, which plummeted his administration to disgrace by involving scandals of bribery and kickbacks. For example, The Teapot Dome Scandal involved Albert Fall and his conviction of accepting bribes. He was the first cabinet member in American history to be convicted of a crime.

Scopes was found guilty of the teachings of evolution and was convicted. Scopes had openly admitted to this but judge, William Jennings Bryan, and voluntary lawyer, Clarence Darrow, had many different opinions on the issue which led to arguments and made the trial more than it probably had to be.

Scopes Monkey Trial:  Due to fear and ignorance regarding immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti were put on trial for killing and robbing a messenger carrying money from a factory. The eye witness accounts were inconclusive. They swore they were innocent but due to their political views they were made an example of.  They were convicted and were put to death.

Scopes Trial, or should I say Bible vs. Science; this was a trial that was about a teacher teaching about evolution which was against the law and the Bible. The historical significance was the first trail to ever be on the radio, putting Dayton Tennessee on the map and some believe opening the door to free curriculum.  The trail brought in lots of spectators that would spend money on hotels and food.  It was great for the economy.

From History of Pennsylvania:

Brandywine Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park are the two in common because they both deal with battlefields from the American Revolution.

Brandywine and the David Bradford House (being home to whiskey rebellion) happened when George Washington was in office and Gettysburg happened when he wasn’t in office and at a much later period in the 1860s.

Brandywine Battlefield:  Site of the last battle fought in the Civil War

Wheatland—Location of Carnegie’s steel plant

Other acts like the Towns and Duties Act and the Tea Act led to further discontent between Britain and Pennsylvania.

The Yankee-Pennamite War was a conflict that didn’t claim many casualties between settlers of Connecticut (Yankees) and Pennsylvania (Pennamites) in the late 1700s, who argued over the land along the Susquehanna River in Wyoming Valley.  Following the American Revoltuion the land was granted by the Continental Congress to Pennamites regardless of the fact that King George III claimed the land for the Yankees years earlier.

Carpenters’ Hall was home to the First Continental Congress during the American Civil War.

As political factions like those of the Deutsch, Lutherans, and Protestants began to make their way into the colony’s parliament, new things began to get done, including the building of an army.


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  1. I love the idea of learning new things without paying tuition dollars…

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