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Primary Source Selections and Topics (the readings are available in the links below) Pick 1 of the 3 options below and write a 1000 to 1100 page paper that answers the questions listed. Please include explanations and not just facts. Cite everything and use details if possible but also explanations.


1. READ:

President Richard Nixon at:

Nixon’s ‘Silent Majority’ Speech

Peace With Honor: Nixon’s Broadcast On Vietnam

and John Kerry at


George Herring

, “The Cold War and Vietnam,” OAH Magazine of History, Vol. 18, No. 5 (Oct., 2004), pp. 18-21 at:

George Herring.pdf

Using the sources above as well as readings from your textbook, compose an essay in which you consider the following questions:

What were Nixon’s policy goals in Vietnam?

Describe the final settlement of the war from the textbook; how does it match Nixon’s “peace with honor” ideal?

What was John Kerry’s argument regarding the war? How does it contrast with Nixon’s plan?

How was the Vietnam War similar or different from Soviet involvement (1979) and/or U.S. involvement in Afghanistan (2001).

What were some of the legacies of the Vietnam war?


Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro

, “Who Will Fight for the Worth of Women’s Work?”

Ferraro, Geraldine.pdf

Phyllis Schlafly

, “What’s wrong with ‘Equal Rights’ for Women,” 1972 at:


Amy Stanley

, “Writing the History of Sexual Assault in the Age of #Metoo” from Perspectives on History, the news magazine of the

American Historical




Using the source above as well as readings from your textbook, compose an essay in which you consider the following questions:

Why does Congresswoman Ferraro contend that women are at a basic disadvantage in social and economic issues as compared to men?

What is Phyllis Schlafly’s argument as to why the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) should not be passed?

How might women’s lives be different today if the Amendment had become law?

How might Ferraro and Schlafly have reacted to the story of Tsuneno and the #MeToo movement in general?

Take a position on ERA as to whether or not it should have been passed.


The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

dated March 4, 1983, “Prevention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): Report of Inter-Agency Recommendations” at:

MMWR March 4, 1983.pdf

Pat Buchanan

, Reagan Presidential Adviser, “Homosexuals and Retribution,” and op-ed from the

New York Post

, May 27, 1983 at


May 27, 1983 New York Post.jpg

Bernard Weinraub

, News Writer, “Reagan Hears AIDS has No. 1 Priority,”

New York Times

, December 20, 1985 at:

Dec. 20, 1985 NY Times.pdf

Warren King

, News Writer, “Doctor: Reagan Slow to Grasp Gravity of AIDS,”

Chicago Tribune

, September 2, 1989 at:

Sept 2, 1989 Chicago Tribune.pdf

C. Everett Koop

, U.S. Surgeon General, “Surgeon General’s Report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome,”

Public Health Reports

, Vol. 102, No. 1 (Jan.-Feb., 1987) at

C. Everett Koop.pdf

Alan M. Kraut

, “The Other Pandemic,”

History News Network

, April 16, 2020 at:


Using the sources above as well as readings from your textbook, compose an essay in which you consider the following questions:

What did the early reports about AIDS indicate about the disease?

Evaluate the three newspaper articles: what do they add to understanding the progression of the Reagan administration’s response to the AIDS crisis?

Why were the recommendations of the Surgeon General important? How does this document further explain how the Reagan administration dealt with the crisis.

How is this crisis similar or different from COVID-19?

Why do some U.S. citizens have a tendency to stigmatize an ethnic, racial, or LGBTQ group when a health crisis arises?

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