Out of Our Past: The Forces That Shaped Modern America Topics for Discussion

Carl Neumann Degler
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What was the role of religion in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? What role did Puritanism play in the colonies? How did the colonists change Puritanical thought?

What were the differences in the views of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton? What "classes" or segments of society did each of them advocate? What did their viewpoints lead to?

Describe the Age of the Great Experiment. Why was this era a sea-change for America? Why was Andrew Jackson inspiring and symbolic of the new mindset that permeated into the American psyche?

What were the different mind-sets of the urban versus the rural American prior to the Industrial Revolution? Why did people from rural areas move to urban areas? What value-system eventually came to dominate among the majority of the populace and why?

What were the impacts of the Industrial Revolution and urbanization on society...

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