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Great Debates in American History
Developed and written by Peter Pappas
A supplement to: A History of the United States, Daniel Boorstin, (Needham: Prentice-Hall, 1989)
The Great Debates feature consists of 12 debates, one for every unit of the text. Each of these debates contains an introduction that states the topic of the debate, examines the background of this issue, provides information about both the readings and the debaters, and discusses the debate topic from a contemporary perspective. Units feature the conflicting viewpoints of two or more historical figures or organizations and a worksheet that helps students analyze the debate through a series of comprehension and critical thinking questions.
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Overview and Answer Key
Unit 1: How Should Society Balance the Need for Tolerance with the Need to Protect Itself?
Unit 2: How Powerful Should the National Government Be? 
Unit 3: Who Should Be Allowed to Vote?  
Unit 4: Should Women Have Equal Treatment Under the Law?  
Unit 5: How Should Americans Treat the Land?  
Unit 6: Has Industrialization Produced More Benefits or More Problems for the Nation?  
Unit 7: Should the United States Pursue a Foreign Policy of Isolationism or Interventionism?  
Unit 8: What Should the Nation's Immigration Policy Be?  
Unit 9: To What Extent Is the Federal Government Responsible for the Welfare and Security of the Individual?  
Unit 10: Is Civil Disobedience Ever Justified as a Method of Political Change?  
Unit 11: What Are the Limits of a Free Press?  
Unit 12: How Much Should the Nation Invest in Defense?

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