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NATIVISM –TIE to 1920s – Nativism in the 1920s focused on the fear of communists and anti-immigration policies

  • Should U.S. governmental policy welcome or restrict immigrants today and why?

  • Should U.S. governmental welcome or restrict war refugees from around the world and why?

Nativism - US History in Context

Emigration and Immigration 

Immigration Report

U.S. Mexico Relations

International Response to Migrant and Refugee Crisis

Aiding Refugees

European Migration Crisis

America's Immigration Challenge - Coming to the United States would benefit millions—but policymakers seldom ask whether their arrival would benefit the United States.

The chances of a refugee killing you - and other surprising immigration stats

Violence Has Forced 60 Million People From Their Homes


Science v. Religion

SCIENCE v RELIGION – TIE to 1920s – The debate over the teaching of evolution or creationism in public schools sparked debate between traditionalists and modernists in the 1920s.

  • Is human activity primarily responsible for climate change?  Why or why not?

  •    Should parents be required to vaccinate or seek medical care for their children even if it goes against their religious beliefs?

Religious Issues - Opposing Viewpoint

The Teaching of Evolution is Censored

Creationism Should Be Excluded from Science Courses

Humans Have a Responsibility to Reduce Carbon Emissions That Contribute to Natural Disasters

Climate change controversies



Climate Change

Global Warming and Climate Change







Individual Rights v. national Security

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS v. NATIONAL SECURITY –TIE to 1920s – In an effort to rid the country of Communists and other radicals, the Attorney General used wartime laws that gave the government broad powers against suspected radicals

  • Should government agencies infringe on personal privacy in the interest of national security? Why or why not?

  • Should the government be allowed to target specific racial, ethnic, or religious groups in the interest of preserving national security?

Right of Privacy

Racial Profiling

National Security


Patriot Act 2001

Privacy - Report

Privacy in Peril


Racial Profiling - Full Report


Laissez Fair v. REgulatory Government Policies

LAISSEZ-FAIRE v. REGULATORY GOVERNMENTTAL POLICIES – TIE to 1920s -  In the 1920s, most business and governmental leaders believed in laissez-faire capitalism, which allows companies to conduct business without government intervention. They believed that government regulation would destroy individual self-reliance, reduce profits, and harm the economy

  •  Should minimum wage be raised at the national level? Why or why not?
  • Is economic prosperity more important that environmental protection?  Why or why not?


Business Ethics

Minimum Wage


Politics of Minimum Wage

The Living Wage is nifty politics--but let's see more help for small business too

America's Wealthy

The New Environmentalism: Can New Business Policies Save the Environment?


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