Since this is the last discussion board, you have, broadly speaking, two options

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Since this is the last discussion board, you have, broadly speaking, two options: either you can write about something pertaining to the period between the 1970s and the present, or you can take a step back and write about the entire content of what we’ve studied this semester. For instance, you could argue either for or against a statement that Noam Chomsky makes in the movie Requiem for the American Dream: “The history of the United States is a constant struggle between these two tendencies: pressure for more freedom and democracy coming from below and efforts at elite control and domination coming from above.” Is that an simplistic/misleading thesis or do you think, based on what we’ve read, that it’s essentially true? Is it a useful way of understanding American history? You could give examples for or against. If you don’t want to examine the broad sweep of what we’ve covered the whole semester, you could write about, e.g., one of the questions listed in chapters 26, 27, or 28. What were the main causes of the rise of conservatism in the 1970s? Or, turning to the very recent past, why was a demagogue like Donald Trump elected president? What were the conditions that led millions of Americans to vote for him, and how are these conditions related to the “neoliberalism” of the last 40 years? Why has class inequality increased so much in the last 30 or 40 years? (Even in years of prosperity, like the late 1990s, inequality has continued to rise.) Anyway, as usual, there are a lot of questions you could choose to answer. It’s a good idea to have a thesis statement at the end of your first paragraph, and to use at least four primary sources and a couple of secondary sources.

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