U.S. History

SUMMER SCHOOL

Semester 2

Frank Schneemann

Bonita Vista High School  

WEEK 1


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World War II was essentially a war of Capitalism vs Nazi, Russian and Japanese Socialism. People sometimes forget that when World War Two began Germany and Soviet Russia were allies. In this unit we will study the rise of the dictators of Europe and Asia, the war in Europe, the Holocaust, and the war effort at home. We will then study the post war effects of the war on American society. We will discuss both sides of the issues regarding the  dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and the internment of the Japanese during the war.
WEEK 2

This week we will study post World War Two America. We will examine the spread of Soviet Communism and America's response to it. We will examine the "Cold War," the domino theory, and the policy of MAD. Winston Churchill outlined the parameters of the Cold War in his famous "Iron Curtin" speech. We will study the Iron Curtin, the Marshall Plan, Korea, Sputnik, the Berlin Wall, Cuba, Vietnam, MAD, the counter culture, China, Communism in the Americas, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and the end of the Cold War brought about by President Ronald Reagan.
WEEK 3

In this lesson we will study the civil rights movement. We will study the Brown v. Board of Education Topeka ruling by the Supreme Court in 1954, argued by Thurgood Marshall. The civil rights movement encompassed several laws passed by congress and several Supreme Court rulings. We will endeavor to show the relationships between these rulings and laws. We will review the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Immigration act of 1965.
From 1960 to 1990 my main preoccupation was "fighting Communism," but I was a keen observer of the Civil Rights movement and understand the perspective of people for and against the movement. In my opinion President Johnson was our greatest civil rights president and I do not believe the movement would have succeeded as it did without him. I sometimes feel guilty for not getting more involved in civil rights, but Dr. Martin Luther King was a kind, gentle man and I believe he forgives me. (At least I hope he does)
WEEK 4

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In this lesson we will discuss the takeover of the Democrat party by radical groups which led to a disintegration of the party and chaos at the 1968 Democrat convention. We will discuss whether or not these actions led to the election of Richard Nixon.We will also discuss the successes and failures of the Nixon administration. We will take an objective look at the Watergate scandal and attempt to understand what happened and why.