Top Five DBQ Topics That Could Appear on This Year’s Exam

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Here are my top 5 topics that could appear on this year’s exam. Remember, my record of correctly predicting a DBQ topic is at best 50 percent. So here goes!

  1. Changes and continuities in Native American history from the Dawes Act (1887) to the Indian New Deal (1934) Native American history is overdue for a DBQ. The period from the Dawes Act to the Indian Reorganization Act would generate a very good continuity and change DBQ. See Chapter 8 for a comprehensive overview of Native American history. Check out my Podcast on the Dawes Act.
  2. Changes and continuities in Environmental Policy, 1889 – 1989 College Board test writers have shown a strong interest in the early twentieth century contest between conservationists and preservationists. Could this be the year test writers ask students to take a close look at environmental policies after World War II? Maybe! Check out my Podcast on the first Earth Day in 1970. The landmark event provides a valuable perspective on the environmental movement.
  3. Changes and continuities in the Cold War, 1947 – 1972 The Cold War is a prime target for a continuity and change DBQ. See Chapter 10 for a full discussion of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953. Also check out my Podcast on Sputnik.
  4. Changes and continuities in the role of the federal government during the New Deal, 1933 – 1940 APUSH exams have focused significant clusters of questions on the Populists and the Progressives. I am guessing they might turn their attention to the New Deal See Chapter 20 for a great comparison of the New Deal and the Great Society. Also note that Chapters 4, 7, and 8 contain discussions of how the New Deal impacted African Americans, women, and Native Americans.
  5. Home front changes and continuities during the World War II, 1939 – 1945 College Board test writers show little or no interest in wars and battles. However, they have always shown considerable interest in how wars affected life in the home front. Chapters 5 and 7 discuss how World War II impacted African Americans and women. Check out my Podcast for a discussion of the Japanese internment.