HIST 1302--Info Sheet for the Final Exam
When: Thursday, May 14 11:30am-1:00 pm
o Value: 110 points
o You are responsible for the lecture material + pages assigned in the textbook (see the course calendar).
o Bring a pencil and Scantron Form 882-E for the multi-choice/true-false questions.
Major Classroom Topics Covered:
The Truman Years, 1945-52
ü The Fair Deal; Jackie Robinson & desegregation of the military
ü Communism in a nutshell
ü The Cold War begins in Europe—initial Cold War events, containment policy begins, Marshall Plan
ü Start of the Cold War in Asia—communist takeover of China, the Korean War, US support for France in Vietnam
The Eisenhower Years, 1953-60
ü Ike aids Diem in Vietnam
ü Ike’s use of the CIA
ü Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s
The 1960s: JFK & LBJ
ü Kennedy & Civil Rights
ü Kennedy & Foreign Policy: Cuba & Vietnam
ü LBJ & Civil Rights
ü LBJ’s “Great Society”
ü LBJ & Vietnam
The 1970s: Nixon
ü Nixon & Vietnam
ü Nixon and the Watergate Scandal
Think-piece questions (Though there will be no essay on this final exam, here are some general questions covering the major themes of the period that could have been asked):
1) Describe some of the major developments within the Civil Rights Movement during the terms of the following U.S. presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. What was the civil rights situation at the end of WWII? What roles, if any, did these presidents in the events described?
2) Describe some of the major Cold War developments during the terms of the following U.S. presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. What roles, if any, did these presidents in the events described?
3) Describe the growing involvement of the U.S. in Vietnam, from Truman's support of the French and Eisenhower's support of Diem in the late 1950s to the withdrawal of US troops during the early 1970s.