This resource explores the issue of why the USA adopted a policy of isolationism in 1920. It looks at the impact of the First World War, new immigration, Republican Policies, the Red Scare and rising racial intolerance in helping to create a toxic atmosphere in which politicians decided to prevent the USA from getting involved in international disputes. It also makes links this decision to isolate the USA to other changes such as decisions to introduce tariffs, prohibition and immigration control.
I would use this resource with core and advanced students. The activities include note taking, summary diagrams and a past paper question with a assessment or learning mark scheme do that students can peer or self assess their answers.
I have taught this lesson a number of times and have been graded as outstanding. Please also see the PowerPoint that goes with this lesson. If you wish to save money you can both in the resource entitled US isolationism
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