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Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Advanced Placement Modern European History

- Advanced Placement European History -
Class Activities

America's Entry Into World War I

This activity is designed to help you understand, through analysis of conflict situations, the factors leading to America's entry into World War I. The class will work in groups. After reading, each group should decide what action they would have the United States take to best manage the conflict. Remember to consider all the consequences of your decision carefully. War is not pretty! Each group will have to justify it's position to the class.

Situation 1

War breaks out in Europe between two great alliance systems, called Alliance A and Alliance B. The issue under dispute have nothing to do with the United States. Both A and B want to buy American goods. What should the United States do?

1.Sell to both sides.
2.Sell to only one side.
3.Not sell to either side.
4.Other (specify).

Situation 2

Alliance A attacks and quickly defeats a small neutral nation. Gruesome stories appear in American newspapers about the atrocities committed by Alliance A against the people of the defeated country. What should the United States do?

1.Do nothing, since it doesn't concern the United States.
2.Stop selling products to Alliance A.
3.Issue a statement condemning Alliance A's actions.
4.Declare war on Alliance A.
5.Other (specify).

Situation 3

Alliance B stops United States ships and confiscates goods purchased by Alliance A. Formal complaints by the United States to Alliance B are ignored. What should the United States do?

Situation 4

Alliance B blockades the ports of Alliance A, which in desperation uses submarines to attack all ships sailing to and from the ports of Alliance B. Neutral U.S. ships, which are protected by international laws, are sunk by the submarines. What should the United States do?

Situation 5

A submarine of Alliance A sinks a luxury liner belonging to Alliance B. Over one thousand people drown, including one hundred vacationing Americans. Alliance A boasts about its actions. What should the United States do?

Situation 6

Alliance A promises to stop sinking liners without first warning them and providing for the passenger's safety. Alliance A soon disregards the promise and resumes unrestricted submarine warfare on neutral American ships. What should the United States do?

Situation 7

America learns that Alliance a has asked Mexico, in the event America enters the war, to aid in an attack against the United States. In return, Mexico will be given back the parts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona that were originally hers. What should the United States do?

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- AP Modern European History in Depth -

Lecture Notes and Further Reading
| Methods and Rules for a Prince: How Should a Prince Rule? |
| Borg vs Hick: Theories on Jesus and Christianity |
| Kant's Epistemological Model and Religious Pluralism |

Liberating Dachau
| World War II - Dachau Concentration Camp Complex |
| Unanswered Questions: The Railroad Boxcars |
| I Company Recollections and Quotes |
| Liberating Dachau: The 42nd Division at the Jourhaus |
Dachau, Germany
| Dachau: WWII Concentration Camp Memorial | 2 | 3 |

Related Information
| Poems and Prose From the 8th - 15th Centuries | 1 | 2 |
| Marseillaise, the National Anthem of France:
A Modern-day Controversy
| Sacré Phew! |
| French Culture: Historical Champagne and Wine Trivia |

Famous Modern European History Quotes
| Index of Quotes by Speaker / Historical Period |
| Famous Quotes from the Dark and Middle Ages |
| Relevant Quotes from the Reformation and Renaissance |
| Quotes from England: 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries |
| Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution Quotes | Voltaire |
| Quotes from the French Revolution and Napoleon Era |
| Modern European History Quotes from the 1800s |
| Quotes from Europe and Asia - 1900s | Winston Churchill |
| American Quotes from the Early 1900s and World War I |
| US 20th-Century and World War II Quotes |

AP Class Activities
| Play the Role of Philip II |
| Visual Interpretations - French Revolution Art |
| "Ism" Maps of Europe and Asia |
| Industrial Revolution: England's Advantage |
| Marx and Tocqueville | America's Entry Into World War I |
Trials - Simulations
| Trial of Martin Luther | Trial of Adolf Hitler |

Helpful Information for Students
| AP Essay Writing Skills |
| Student-Developed Class Presentation Topics |

Debate Information
| Guide: Individual Debate Position | Debate Self Evaluation |
| Existence of God | Catherine the Great or Frederick the Great |
| Locke - Hobbes | Voltaire or Rousseau |

Additonal Course Info / AP Class Policy
| AP European History Syllabus: Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 |
| Writing Assignments, Exams, Critical Book Reviews, More |
| AP Booklist and Fees |



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