Unit 13 Activities

Bush Doctrine Reading
Download the reading here. Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

  1. What are the historical origins of the Bush Doctrine?
  2. Identify and explain the three key elements of the Bush Doctrine.
  3. How does the Bush Doctrine differ from the containment policy of the Cold War?
  4. What are the arguments made in favor of the Bush Doctrine?
  5. What are the arguments made in opposition of the Bush Doctrine?
  6. One element of the Bush Doctrine that was highly criticized was its emphasis on extending freedom and promoting democracy and capitalism around the world. Was this a new characteristic of American foreign policy? Why or why not?
  7. Should “democracy promotion” be an integral element of American foreign policy going forward? Why or why not?

Butter Battle Book Conclusion
Watch Dr. Seuss’ Butter Battle Book here. The book, published in 1984, was written during the Cold War era, and reflects the concerns of the time, especially the perceived possibility that all life on Earth could be destroyed in a nuclear war. At the end of the story no resolution is reached. Your assignment is to conclude The Butter Battle Book in the style of Dr. Seuss reflecting the actual end of the Cold War.

Clinton’s Impeachment
Using the sources provided surrounding the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, answer the questions that follow in complete sentences.
  1. What evidence is there in Source B that issues surrounding impeachment affected the actions of President Clinton?
  2. What is the message of Source D?
  3. Compare and contrast the views expressed in sources A and C on the effects of the impeachment scandal.
  4. With reference to their origin and purpose, assess the values and limitations of sources B and C for historians researching the Clinton presidency.
  5. Using the sources and your own knowledge, evaluate the affect of the Whitewater and Lewinsky scandals on the ability of Bill Clinton to carry out his policy goals.

Rise of Conservatism
Using the documents provided here, complete this graphic organizer.

State of the Union Address
Draft a State of the Union Address in which you present your opinion regarding the most significant problems and issues the nation will face in the near future, as well as suggestions regarding how those problems and issues should be addressed by the government and the American people. Your speech should follow the common organizational structure of the most State of the Union addresses in addition to including the common rhetorical themes of historical values, bipartisanship, and optimism as described in this reading.