CSI Prompts

CSI American History  Prompts   Compare/Connect/Contrast  Synthesize and Interpret
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Nothing Like it in the World
Voyages of Exploration (1400’s) vs. Building the Transcontinental RR (1865) 

March toward Freedom
Rogers Williams (1636) vs. Joseph Smith (1845)

Separation Anxiety?
Thomas Paine (Common Sense) vs. Ralph Waldo Emerson (Harvard Lecture)

 The Party is Over
The Federalists and the Hartford Convention (1815) vs. The Whigs and the Kansas Nebraska Act (1854) 

Turning Points
Saratoga (1774) vs. Antietam (1863)

Massacre of the Innocents
Mystic (1636) vs. Fort Pillow (1863)

Patriotic Treason?
Robert E. Lee (1861)  vs. George H. Thomas (1861)

Evangelical Orators
George Whitfield (1740’s) vs. Billy Sunday (1920’s)

Freedom of the Seas
The War of 1812 vs. World War I (1917)

Look Who’s Coming To, The White House
Frederick Douglass vs. Booker T. Washington

Conscription Complications
The Civil War vs. The Vietnam War

Midnight Rising
Nat Turner (1831) vs. John Brown (1859)

Mobilization for Recognition
Seneca Falls Convention (1848) vs. Niagara Movement (1905)

The Federal Government and Fiscal Fiascos
President Van Buren’s (1830s) vs.  FDR (1930s)

You Go Girl!
Women’s role in the Abolition movement (1840-1865) vs. Women’s role in the Civil Rights movement (1950 to 1965)

Industrial Utopias?
Lowell Factory (1840s) vs. Pullman Company Town (1890s)

Remember the Ladies?
Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1843) vs. The Feminine Mystique (1963)

Protesters with a Pen I
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) vs. A Century of Dishonor (1888)

Oh What a Ditch!
Erie Canal (1820’s) vs. the Panama Canal (1900’s)

Plains, Trains, and Automobiles
Transcontinental railroad (mid 1800’s) vs. Interstate Highway System (mid 1900’s)

Challenges to Neutrality – 1
George Washington vs FDR

Challenges to Neutrality –2
John Adams vs. Woodrow Wilson

The Art of Propaganda
Paul Revere and the Revolutionary War (1774) vs. Frederic Remington and the Spanish American War (1898) 

Free Speech in Wartime
Clement Vallandigham (1865)  vs. Charles Shenck (1917)

Panic and Mass Hysteria – The Witch Hunt becomes a Moral Metaphor
Salem (1692)  vs. Hollywood ( 1947)

Toughest Job you will ever love…
Freedman’s Bureau (1860s) vs. Peace Corps (1960s)

In the White Man’s Image
Carlisle Indian School vs. Tuskegee Institute

The Red Scare Redux
A.Mitchell Palmer (1920)  vs. J.Edgar Hoover (1950)

The Adjudicators
Freedom’s Bureau (1865) vs. National War Labor Board (1918)

Protesters with a Pen II
The Lost Generation (1920’s) vs. The Beatniks (1950’s)

Articulate Advocates?
Thomas Paine (Common Sense) vs. Alexander Hamilton (The Federalists Papers)

Redistribution Solutions
Henry George (1879) vs. Huey Long (1935)

 Counter “couture”
Flappers (1920’s) vs. Hippies (1960s)

Standing up to Jim Crow
Homer Plessy (1890s) vs. Rosa Parks (1950s)

A Picture is worth 1000 words
Jacob Riis vs. Dorothea Lange

A Picture is worth 1000 words – Take 2
Mathew Brady  vs. Lewis Hine

Unsafe In Any Era?
Upton Sinclair   vs.  Ralph Nader

Fighting Words?
The DeLome Letter vs. The Zimmerman Telegram

The Global Gun Show?
Washington Naval Conference (1922)  vs. SALT I or II (1972)

How the Other Half Lives
Indian reservations vs. ethnic ghettos

Raking Muck
Ida Tarbell  (Oil Industry) v. Michael Moore (Auto Industry)

Biological Warfare
Small Pox (Revolutionary War) vs. Influenza (World War I)

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