history: conservatism in the last part of the 20th century

Prepare: Explore The Political Compass website

and take the quiz. Take the time to notice where your responses landed

you on the Political Compass grid and where that point is in relation to

world leaders. Then, read Chapters 13 and 14 in your textbook and the

article, “The Rise of Conservatism Since World War II.”

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Reflect: Consider the information on The Political Compass website.

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


Consult The Anatomy of a Discussion Board as well as Critical Thinking: A Guide to Skillful Reasoning as you formulate your response.

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Write: 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?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Your post should make reference to the required materials with in-text citations. Your references and citations must be formatted according to APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center. You may use additional scholarly sources to support your points if you choose.

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