HIS 20 – Final Review (Summer 2013)

HIS 20 – The American Nation

College Now

Summer 2013

Professor Rogers


Midterm Study Guide


This study guide should provide you with all of the necessary information to study and do well on the mid-term examination. Students are to write their answers on the test sheet and any paper provided by the instructor.


The midterm will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.





The exam will be broken into two parts: term identification and a short answer question.


Part One – Term Identification (15 points)

Students will be given the definitions of fifteen terms drawn from the lectures and readings and they are expected to match each definition with the correct term – provided from a list on the test sheet. Each term is worth one point, for a total of fifteen points on this portion of the exam.


A list of possible terms on the test is provided below


Part Two – Short Answer (10 points)

Students will be given between five and seven short answer questions, of which they will be asked to answer TWO. Again, students are only to answer TWO questionS. Any questions answered beyond that will be ignored. The short answer question answered will be worth up to five points.


Answers are expected to be between three to four paragraphs and answer all aspects of the question. Any answer that is either too short or fails to cover every aspect of the question will lose points.




“biological racism”

“cultural racism”

gradual emancipation

abolition societies

voluntary manumission

“transportation revolution”


“communication revolution”

“industrial revolution”

The telegraph


“cult of domesticity”

The Trail of Tears

Manifest Destiny

Upper (Border) South

Middle South

Lower South

Militant abolitionism

David Walker

William Lloyd Garrison & The Liberator

Theodore Weld

“necessary evil” pro-slavery argument

“positive good” pro-slavery argument

Wilmot Proviso

Compromise of 1850

Fugitive Slave Act

Bleeding Kansas

Dred Scot Decision


Election of 1860

The Secession Crisis

Fort Sumter

Confederate States of America (CSA)

The United States of America (Union)

Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan

Radical Republicans


The Black Codes

Radical Reconstruction

The 14th Amendment




Redeemer Democrats

Compromise of 1876

Transcontinental railroad

National brands

“new” immigration

The Social Question

Gospel of Wealth

Labor Unionism

The New South

“home rule”

Poll taxes

Literacy tests

Jim Crow

Booker T. Washington

Atlanta Compromise


The new middle class

Political Machines



19th Amendment

National Origins Act of 1924


Commercial Aviation

The telephone

The assembly line


The Great Migration

The Great Crash

Causes of the Great Depression

The New Deal

Franklin Roosevelt (FDR)

Emergency Banking Act


Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA)

Rural Electrification Administration (REA)

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA)

Civil Works & Public Works Administrations

Wagner Act

Social Security Act

The High Cold War (1945-1960)


The Truman Doctrine (1947)

The Marshall Plan (1947)


The Fair Deal

Taft-Hartley Act (1947)

The Sunbelt

The New Consumerism

Suburban America

“The Other America”

The Civil Rights Movement


Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

The Montgomery Movement (1955)

Martin Luther King Jr.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

The Great Society (1963-1965)

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Voting Rights Act of 1965



Office of Economic Opportunity

Department of Housing & Urban Development

Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965
Immigration Act of 1965

Affirmative Action

Chicago Campaign (1966)

Watts Riot (1965)

Detroit & Newark (1967)

Commission on Civil Disorders (1968)

“termination” (1953-1958)

Black Power

Massive Resistance

“color-blind conservatism”

Richard Nixon (1968-1973)

The New Left

Personal liberation

Participatory democracy

The counterculture

The New Feminism

National Organization for Women (NOW)


Women’s liberation

Gay liberation

Stonewall Riot (1969)

The New Right

Libertarian conservatism

Christian conservatism

“Treaty of Detroit”


“right to work”

Rise of Euro-Japanese economies

Industrial policy


Watergate Scandal (1972)

Equal Rights Amendment (1972)

OPEC oil embargo

The tax revolt

Jimmy Carter (1976-1980)


The Volcker Recession


Professional Air Traffic Controller’s Organization Strike

The AIDS Crisis


Author: Roy Rogers

I am currently a PhD candidate in American History at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). My undergraduate education was at Shepherd University (Political Science & History) and I received an MA in History from George Mason University. As a historian, my research interests include early American history, the early American republic (1780 to 1830), political history, religious history, and gender history. I live in Brooklyn with my girlfriend and our cat.

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