How well did the information on the website conform to your own views of what “liberal” and “conservative” mean? How well did the information conform to the media’s portrayals of “liberal” and “conservative”? Think about the information that you read in the textbook and in the article “The Rise of Conservatism Since World War II.” Reflect on the reasons that conservatism gained more popular support in the last part of the 20th century and what effect conservative policies have had on different groups. Think about the many developments that we have explored over the past five weeks and how they have contributed to the political, social, and economic issues that the United States faces today. Think about how history can help us understand the issues of today.
Based on your textbook and the required article, address the following items:
- Explain at least three reasons for the rise of conservatism in the last part of the 20th century.
- Explain at least one way in which the rise of conservatism had a positive or negative impact for a specific group of Americans.
- Then, select an issue that you feel is important today. How does a knowledge of history help us gain a better understanding of this issue?