Between 1920 and 1945 the United States experienced incredible growth and prosperity, a
prolonged and catastrophic economic depression, and world war. Looking at your notes for the
1920s, the Great Depression and New Deal of the 1930s, and World War II, as well as the film(s)
we have watched, create a top five list of most significant historical developments that you
believe most accurately reflect the changes that shaped America over this span of time. For your
essay to be successful, you should elaborate and explain the historical developments you choose
to focus upon in order, moving forward in time from 1920 to 1945. You can write about positive
or negative events, or a combination of both. The most crucial factor in choosing your top five
historical developments should be change over time. For each of your five topics, you should
explain/describe the historical development, offer an argument as to why you think it is so
important/significant, and suggest how it leads either directly or indirectly to the next historical
event on your list. In other words, do not just provide a list of 5 historical events that you think
are interesting – explain how they relate to each other, how they worked together to shape, alter,
or define the country between the First and Second World Wars.
(2 pages, typed, double-spaced, preferably 12-pt font, roughly 500 words).
Please read the attachment (notes).
## Film: David Halberstam’s “The Fifties: The Fear and the Dream” Parts 1 & 2 (Available on