1) Looking at all the readings, describe the role of both religion and economics in driving European exploration. Which do you think was more important?

2)Looking at the extracts from Columbus’s Diary, consider how he describes the Native Americans he encounters. How does he describe them and why does he seem them that way? What does it foreshadow about the relationship between Europeans and Native Americans?

3)Using both Cortes letter to Emperor Charles V and the Aztec account of the conquest of Mexico, craft a single narrative of the fall of the Aztecs.

4)Compare and contrasts Spanish, French, and Dutch approaches to colonization.


Modern America Matrix Week 3

Week 3: 1960s Part Two

Johnson’s Presidency

From the following list, choose five events from the 1960s. Identify the basic facts, dates, and purpose of the event in 2 to 3 sentences in the Identify column. Include why the event is significant in the Significance column, and add a reference for your material in the Reference column.

·         Medicare
·         Medicaid
·         The War on Poverty
·         The Apollo Program
·         The Department of Housing and Urban Development
·         The Civil Rights Act of 1964
·         Tax Cuts for Economic Growth
·         Job Corps
·         National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities
·         National School Lunch Act of 1946
·         Wilderness Act of 1964
·         Food Stamp Act of 1964
·         The Voting Rights Act of 1965
·         The Immigration Act of 1965
·         The Rolling Stones
·         The Beatles
·         Flower Children
·         Abbie Hoffman and the Chicago Seven
·         Kent State killings



This course has covered American history from the presidency of Andrew Johnson to George W. Bush. In this period, 26 men served as president. In an essay of 500-600 words, which president do you think left the boldest mark on American History? Why? Your essay should present the events that serve as a hallmark to his career and a clear explanation of not only the events but also their impact upon the course of American history. Note: Please insure the selected president falls between Andrew Johnson and George W. Bush.


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