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Modern Politics

Study Modern Politics at The Beekman School

This course is designed to continue where your World and US History classes left off—in the modern era. We will focus specifically on American domestic policies and international relations from the New Deal to the present, from a political/historical perspective. The following is a list to give you a sense of the topics/issues we may address:

  • What did the end of WWII signify for the US and the other involved nations?
  • How has the development of international organizations, such as the United Nations, affected global politics over the last half-century?
  • Analysis of the Cold War and anti-Communist climate of the 1950’s.
  • Analysis of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian struggle.
  • Analysis of the evolution of the Presidency from Eisenhower to G.W. Bush.
  • How has pop culture been affected by various eras in United States history? What effects has pop culture had on our youth?
  • How did the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Woman’s Movement shape US politics from the 1950’s to the 1970’s?
  • Analysis of current topics throughout the 1990’s into the 21st century, including the AIDS epidemic, the Clinton scandal, the ongoing war on terrorism, and the fate of Iraq.