Challenges of a Modern Nation
Chapter 4 asks students to analyze six key events as the United States emerged as a modern industrial state and faced the Depression and World War II. They explore how nativism, race, and religion impacted immigration and engage in a role-play to understand Populist and Progressive reform. Using primary documents students then analyze the reasons for, and opposition to, U.S. entry into World War I. In the fourth lesson they explore the campaign for women’s suffrage. Students then learn about the New Deal and its lasting impact on U.S. government. Finally, they debate Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb.