Republican Resurgence and Decline
I. You should be able to identify and state the historical significance of the following:
Warren G. Harding
Charles Evans Hughes
Albert B. Fall
Harry M. Daugherty
Charles R. Forbes
John W. Davis
Alfred E. Smith
Robert M. La Follette
Charles A. Lindberg, Jr.
Alfred E. Smith
II. You should be able to describe and state the historical significance of the following:
Teapot Dome Scandal
Agricultural Marketing Act
Muscle Shoals Bill
Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Bonus Army (Bonus Expeditionary Force)
Bureau of Standards
Federal Home Loan Bank Act
Farm Bureau Federation
III. Discussion Questions:
What happened to progressivism in the 1920's?
What is mass production, and what changes did it bring in the 1920's?
Of the three Presidential elections of the 1920's which was the most significant and which the least important? Defend your answer.
Describe the health of U.S. Agriculture in the 1920's and evaluate the efforts to help farmers.
What factors contributed to the collapse of the American economy at the end of the 1920's?
To what extent did the policies of the booming 1920's contribute to the depression?
How did Hoover's ideas of "rugged individualism" and "associationalism" affect his policies to deal with the collapse of the economy?
How did the depression challenge the traditional belief of Hoover and other Americans in "rugged individualism?"
Compare the personal characteristics of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover. What did they have in common? How do their personal qualities help to explain their political success in the 1920's?
What evidence indicated throughout the 1920's that the economy was not as healthy as most believed? Why weren't these weaknesses addressed?
IN what ways did the Washington Conference, Kellogg-Briand Pact, and Hoover-Stimson doctrine fall short of ensuring American National security?
Outline the causes of the great crash of 1929. Why did it come so unexpectedly?
What did Herbert Hoover do to combat the Great Depression? What more could he have done? Justify Bailey's description of Hoover as the "pioneer of the New Deal."