Mrs. Wilson's History Festivus

United States History II

Post World War I map


Use the following to label and color the map…

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WWI Propoganda


World War I

Analyzing Propaganda

WHAT IS PROPOGANDA: A general definition of propaganda is information favoring only one side. Individuals who use propaganda are attempting to sway public opinion to justify their position. During World War I, all governments issued many kinds of propaganda in order to persuade people to make sacrifices for the war.

Adolf Hitler said in his book, Mein Kampf, “All effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials, and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas.”


  1. Look carefully at the propaganda poster in front of you. Notice the detail of the picture.
  2. On a separate piece of paper write the names of those in your group and your class period.
  3. Answer the following questions in complete sentences


  • What is the # in the top left corner of your poster?
  • From which country is your propaganda poster?
  • Are there any written words? If so, what does the poster say? (If it is in a foreign language, look for the translation which should be near the title.)
  • To who is the message on the poster directed?
  • Who is sending the message?
  • What is the purpose of the poster AND what is its message?
  • Are there figures on the poster? If so, who are they and who do they represent?
  • What emotions is your poster trying to bring out in its reader? How should the viewer feel after seeing the poster?
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US History- World War I Photos


A. Click on the link below.

B.  On a piece of paper answer the following questions about EACH photo.

  1. Describe the people in this photo
  2. Describe the objects
  3. Describe the activity
  4. Based on what you have observed, what are three things you might infer from this photograph?

C. When you are finished, turn in your analysis

World War I photos

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Imperialism Dilemmas


#1 Salt Rebellion Dilemma 

Jay is a prominent religious leader amongst the Hindu people of India.  People in India highly respect Jay and comply with what he says.  Ever since the British put a tax on salt, Jay has lead a rebellion against this tax by encouraging his followers to make their own salt using sea water.  Thousands of people have heard his message and have been making their own salt.

You are a tax collector for the British Government.  Unfortunately, since people have been making their own salt, you have not been able to collect any money.  You really need the money to send to your family back in England, plus the Queen of England is upset with you because she is not getting her cut of the tax money you are supposed to be collecting.  If you spread a rumor about Jay, you will discredit him in the eyes of his followers and people might go back to buying salt, what should you do?

  1. Is it fair that the British are taxing salt? Why or why not?
  2. Who is your primary responsibility to?  your family?  the Queen? or is it to your morals?
  3. Is it ever acceptable to spread a rumor?  Even if a person is mean spirited and deserves it?
  4. What would you do as an imperialist?  Spread the rumor, keep losing money, or some other solution?

#2 The Vegetarian Dilemma

You are part of a small group of soldiers from the British army stationed in a remote part of India.  India has just been hit with a large monsoon (heavy rain) and the village you are in has flooded.  The people in the village are not able to get out of the village and nobody is able to come into the village.  As a result, the people are cut off from their food supply and they are starting to starve.  There is a farm with dozens of cows ½ a mile from the village.  The people in the village will never eat beef because of their religious beliefs.  However, they have never had beef and therefore do not know what it tastes like.  If you secretly serve the people the beef, you will save their lives but violate their religious beliefs, what should you do?

  1. Is there ever a good reason to lie?  If so, give some examples
  2. If you did not feed the people the beef, would you be responsible (or feel responsible) if the people were to starve to death?
  3. What if someone lied to you about something you felt strongly about, would you be angry?  Why or why not?
  4. What would you do as an imperialist?  Feed them beef, let them starve, or some other solution?

#3 East Indian Company Dilemma

You are a trader for the East India Company and currently you are the head of a large tea leaf farm in India.  Almost everyone in the community works on the farm and it is a major source income for the local people.  Unfortunately, a lot of families have not been able to make ends meet and they have a lot of financial problems.  A lot of children have been dropping out of school to work on your farm for some extra cash for their family.

If you were to raise the wages of your farm workers, the children would be able to go to school.  However, raising their wages would mean less money for you and less money for your company.  You really need the money to send home to your family in England.  Plus, your bosses in the company might be angry about losing profits and you could lose your job.  You know how important education is for these children, but you also have to look out for yourself.  What should you do?

  1. Is there ever a good reason to drop out of school?  If so, give some examples?
  2. What is your responsibility as a farm owner?  If families cannot make ends meet is it your fault?
  3. What would you say to your bosses and family if you were to raise wages?  How would you justify your decision to them?
  4. What would you do as an imperialist?  Let the children drop out of school, pay higher wages, something in between, or some other solution?


# 4 Sati Dilemma

You are a high ranking soldier in the British government and you have been training an elite group of Indian Sepoy Soldiers for battle.  You and this group of soldiers have been stationed in South Africa and have been very successful in putting down some of the rebellions.  Unfortunately, your best sharp shooter has been killed by some of the locals.  You hesitate to tell his family for fear that they will make his widow sit on her husband’s funeral pyre.  However, you need to file a death report in order to replace your best man and if you do not, you might not be able to suppress the rebellion and many lives might be lost.


  1. What should the British government do to stop the practice of sati?
  2. What would happen if all British soldiers stopped filing death reports for fear of the practice of sati?  Would this be the right thing to do?  How would Sepoy soldiers be replaced?
  3. What would you do as an imperialist?  File the death report, keep it a secret, or some other solution?



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Progressivism project


Gilded Age and Progressivism Project

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Use the following powerpoint to fill out your guided notes…

Reconstruction Power Point

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Civil War Battles Webquest



You NEEEEED to do this webquest for a couple of reasons…

1. It is worth a million points

2. You can use it on the test. Let me repeat…YOU CAN USE IT ON THE TEST

If you don’t do it, you will miss the assignment points and the test questions.

Click here to download the assignment if you are not in class.

Click here to get to the website to do the assignment

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National Survey


Click on the link below to take the survey…

National Political Opinion Survey

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A House Divided


“House Divided” Speech Transcript

Abraham Lincoln

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention:

If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do and how to do it. We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old as well as new, North as well as South.


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Manifest Destiny/Lewis and Clark


Lewis & Clark Journal  Entry


Write a journal entry from the perspective of one the members of the Corps of Discovery. Your entry should be in the 1st person, writing as if you are actually experiencing the journey yourself. You may NOT be Meriwether Lewis or William Clark, but you must include your opinions of these two men and their leadership. You may write from the perspective of any of the real crewmen, Sacagawea, or you may pretend that you were selected by Lewis and Clark for the expedition.


Be sure to include the following information:


Heading: “Corps of Discovery Journal Entry” along with a date (sometime between 1803 and 1805)


*1st Paragraph:

  • Your name, age, and your duties as a member of the Corps of Discovery (at beginning of entry)
  • Your opinion of both Captain Lewis and Captain Clark


*2nd Paragraph:

  • A description of your travels along the Missouri River
  • An account of the events of the day you are writing about (ideas: weather, events, scenery, wildlife, challenges, thoughts, fears, )


*3rd Paragraph:

  • A description of at least one encounter with Native Americans that you met during your travels


Conclusion: 1 or 2 sentences about what you expect or hope to see in the next few days of your travels.

Work Sited: Include a list of what information you got from the different websites


Include a separate page with some sketches and drawings of things that you saw during your journey across the western frontier. Effort and accuracy will be rewarded.


Journal entries should be a minimum of ONE PAGE in length. Do your best to provide a detailed and historically accurate account of events in your journal entry.


*A paragraph needs to be 5-7 full sentences!


Good Luck!


Use these websites for information…

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