Us History Regents Essay Topics 2014

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Below you will find a listing of the last NYS Global History Regents topics for both the Thematic and DBQ Essay. While this list can assist you on focusing on topics that have not appeared in a while, you should be aware that topics repeat often over the course of a couple of years such as different versions of Change, and Conflict.

Jun 2017: DBQ and/or Thematic Essay Educated Guesses

  • Revolutions (Political/Non-Political)
  • Conflict (Cold War, WWI, etc)
  • Human Rights Violations/Genocide
  • Political Systems

Note:

    • Belief Systems & Geography (at least once before last 6 exams - 2018)

Thematic Essay Topics

Last Thematic TopicsMonthYearGeographyNon-Geography
Needs & Wants (Economic/Geogrpahy)Jan2017X
Belief SystemsAug2016X
Human and Physical Geography & Technological AdvancesJun2016X
ImperialismJan2016X
Movement of People and GoodsAug2015X
Belief SystemsJun2015X
Human and Physical GeographyJan2015X
Change—Political LeadersAug2014X
Change—Challenges to Tradition or AuthorityJun2014X
Human Rights - Leaders & Their IdeasJan2014X
Conflict—Armed ConflictAug2013X
Change—RevolutionJun2013X
Change—Collapse of GovernmentJan2013X
TechnologyAug2012X
Human and Physical GeographyJun2012X
Change—IndividualsJan2012X
Change — Global IssuesAug2011X
TechnologyJune2011X
Geographic FeaturesJan2011X
NationalismAug2010X
Change - IdeasJune2010X
Philosophers/ leaders/ piece of writing Jan2010X
Belief Systems Aug2009X
Human Rights violations June2009X
Geographic Factors/ Cultural Diffusion Jan2009X
Adapting to Physical Environment Aug2008X
Belief Systems June2008X
Nonpolitical RevolutionsJan2008X
Effects of Political Systems Aug2007X
Political Change June2007X
Human Rights violations Jan2007X
Trade Routes/Organizations effects Aug2006X
Confict between groups June2006X
Philosophers/Leaders ideas and beliefs Jan2006X
Global Problems Aug2005X
20th Century Politcal Events June2005X
Actions of Leaders Jan2005X

DBQ Essay Topics

Last DBQ TopicsMonthYearGeographyNon-Geography
Imperialism - Colonial India to IndependenceJan2017X
Urbanization and IndustrializationAug2016X
Nationalism - Post WWII Germany,Palestine, and British IndiaJun2016X
Laws: Tokugawa Shogunate, Nazi Germany, ApartheidJan2016X
Leaders & Governments: Increase Power & Control PeopleAug2015X
Empires: Roman, Ottoman, and BritainJun2015X
Individuals: Problems Emerged & Wanted to Face - Bartolomé de Las Casas, Maximilien Robespierre, and Mohandas GandhiJan2015X
Turning points: Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, The Signing of the Nanjing Treaty, and the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Aug2014X
Geography: Egypt Nile Irrigation, Coal in Great Britain,Aztec & Chinampas Jan2014X
Economic Development: China (1976-Present), Mexico (1980–present), Botswana (1966–present)Aug 2013X
Technological Advancements: stirrup & bow, caraval, railroadsJun2013X
Need for food products salt, cotton, and sugar on societiesJan2013X
Protest Movements: Women's Rights in Great Britain, Prodemocracy China, ApartheidAug 2012X
Autocratic Leaders (Shi Huandi, Peter the Great, Louis XIV)Jun2012X
Transportation Systems - Roads, Canals, RailroadsJan 2012X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/OttomanAug 2011X
Human Rights Violations - Ukrainians, Cambodians, and RwandansJune 2011X
Ideas - Heliocentrism, Natural Rights, MarxismJan2011X
Belief SystemsAug2010X
Geographic Factors - Effects on Nations/RegionsJune2010X
Food Production Revolutions Jan2010X
Usage and Control of Waterways Aug2009X
Middle Ages/Industrial Revolution/Age of Globalization June2009X
Da Vinci/L'Ouverture/GandhiJan2009X
Migrations of People- Jews, Africans, Muslims, HindusAug2008X
World Problems-Genocide/Threats to Environment/WMD'sJune2008X
Peter the Great/ Adolf Hitler/Mao Zedong Jan2008
Natural Resources- Water/coal/oil/diamonds Aug2007X
Economic Systems- manorialism/mercantilism/communism June2007X
French Revolution Jan2007X
Cold War- Effects on Europe/Asia/Latin America Aug2006X
Industrial Revolution-Positive/Negative Effects June2006X
Imperialism-Differing Perspectives Colonists vs Colonizers Jan2006X
Wars- Outcomes & Reasons June2005X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/French Aug2005X
Printing Press/Steam-power/Atomic BombJan2005X

US History Regents Thematic Essay Topics and DBQ since 2004 (United States Regents Review Sheet)

Thematic and DBQ Writing Tips

NOTE - THE COMPLETE ESSAYS AND EXAMS CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOARD OF REGENTS WEBSITE. THIS IS MERELY A BRIEF SUMMARY OF WHAT THE ESSAYS WERE ABOUT.

2017

January

THEMATIC - Cultural and Intellectual Life: Effects of the Media - Describe and show positive/negative effects of the media on US society. (muckrakers, Uncle Tom's Cabin, yellow journalism, fireside chats).

DBQ - Presidential proposals and battles with Congress:  Polk and Mexican War, Reconstruction, FDR and Supreme Court decisions.

 

2016

January

THEMATIC - Foreign Policy - Latin America and Caribbean - Analyze the historical circumstances and success/failures of two US foreign policies in the Western Hemisphere. (Panama Canal, Monroe Doctrine, Corollary, NAFTA)

DBQ - Conflicts between the three branches of government: Jackson vs. Marshall, Nixon's Watergate, Wilson's Treaty of Versailles)

June

THEMATIC - Reform Movements - Describe reform movements from 1820-1933 and evaluate their success. (Women's suffrage, prohibition, consumer protection, labor)

DBQ - Causes and effects of the Spanish-American War, Korean War, and Persian Gulf War.

August

THEMATIC - Economic Policy - Causes and degree of success concerning economic policy. (Sherman Anti-Trust Act, New Deal legislation such as Social Security, NAFTA)

DBQ - Causes and effects of migrations within the US: Westward migration, Great Migration (African Americans in 20th Century), Sun Belt.

 

 

2015

January

THEMATIC - Legislation. Choose two laws, explain them, and show their impact on the United States and/or American society. (Missouri Compromise, Homestead Act, Pure Food and Drug Act, Title IX)

DBQ - Controversial Presidential decisions: FDR and Japanese Internment, Lincoln and suspending habeas corpus, and George W. Bush's Patriot Act. 

June

THEMATIC - Organizations - Explain the circumstances surrounding the formation of two organizations, and discuss the degree to which their reform efforts were successful. (Populists, WCTU, AFL, NAWSA)

DBQ - Presidential Actions and their influence on society: Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Policy, Civil rights of LBJ, and  TR's consumer protection)

August

THEMATIC - Foreign Policy - Select two foreign policy decisions which were controversial. Explain why they were both opposed and supported. Discuss their impacts on the US and/or a foreign country. (Invasion of Iraq, Korea, Vietnam, Annexation of the Philippines)

DBQ - Challenges facing African Americans, industrial workers, and persons with disabilities.  

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2014

January

THEMATIC - Geography - Territorial Expansion. Explain how the US acquired 2 territories, and if they had a positive or negative impact. (Louisiana Territory doubles the size of the nation,  Alaska provides vast oil reserves, California becomes a free state in the controversial Compromise of 1850.)

DBQ - The similarities and differences between Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

June

THEMATIC - Change - Supreme Court Decisions. Choose two decisions, explain them, and show how they impacted the United States and/or American society.

DBQ - Influence of writers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Rachel Carson, and Betty Friedan. 

 

August

THEMATIC - Technology - Choose two inventions and show how they changed society. Illustrate why it was either a positive or negative change. (Cotton gin, automobile, nuclear energy, television)

DBQ - The impact of the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War on the United States and/or another region.

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2013

January

THEMATIC - Government - Legislation. Choose 2 laws, explain their historical circumstances, and if they had a positive or negative impact. (Pure Food and Drug Act protects consumers, Social Security Act provides money for the elderly in the Great Depression, Indian Removal Act forces Native Americans to move west of the Mississippi River).  

DBQ - Major events of the 1950s and their impacts on society. (Korean War, Montgomery Bus Boycott, and launching of Sputnik).

June

THEMATIC - Foreign Policy - National Interests. Choose 2 examples of foreign policy that affected US interests, and show if they were successful or not. (Open Door Policy, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Panama Canal).

DBQ - Impact of Supreme Court Decisions on the United States. (Dred Scott Case takes away rights of slaves, Plessy v. Ferguson supports "separate but equal," Brown v. Board of Education gets rid of segregation in schools).

August 

THEMATIC - Foreign Policy - Cold War. Choose 2 examples of containment, and explain if those actions were successful in stopping the spread of communism. (Truman Doctrine, Korean War, Vietnam War, "Star Wars", Berlin Airlift).

DBQ - Issues that divided the nation (Ratification of the Constitution, Louisiana Purchase, extension of slavery).

 

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2012

August

THEMATIC - Reform movements: Industrialization. Choose two problems resulting from industrialization. Show how the government tried to fix each problem, and to what extent they were successful. (Overpopulation, pollution, nativism, unsafe food, trusts, exploitation of workers).

DBQ - Controversial Acts. Choose two of the following, and show both why the government supported the act, and why people opposed it: Executive Order 9066 (1942), Patriot Act (2001), and Espionage and Sedition Acts (1917-1918)

June

THEMATIC - Foreign policy; Presidential Decisions. Choose two decisions, and show their impacts on BOTH the US and on a foreign country. (Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb, JFK quarantining Cuba, GW Bush's decision to invade Iraq).

DBQ - Movements in American History. Choose 2 of the following: Labor Movement, Women's Suffrage, or Abolition.

January

THEMATIC - Impact of Supreme Court cases. Choose two cases, and show their impact on American society. Use any two court cases you like!

DBQ - Sectionalism and differences between the North and South before the Civil War.

 

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2011

August

THEMATIC - Geographical features influencing history. Choose 2 events related to geography and explain the impacts of the event. (Erie Canal construction, Panama Canal, Transcontinental Railroad)

DBQ - Expansion of Democracy in America - Suffrage, Progressivism, etc)

June

THEMATIC - Amendments. Choose 2 Amendments and show how they impacted America (13th = Abolition, 17th = Direct Election of Senators, 19th = Women's Suffrage)

DBQ - Explain the differences and/or similarities of society in the 1920s and 1930s.

January

THEMATIC - Diversity and Court Cases. Choose 2 court cases that either limited or expanded the rights of specific groups. (Korematsu limited rights for the Japanese, Brown expanded Black rights, whereas Plessy limited them).

DBQ - Cold War ... analyze the events of Presidents JFK, Nixon, and Reagan

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2010 

January

THEMATIC - Writing and Reform. Choose 2 writers, and show how they caused the government to act. (Upton Sinclair and meatpacking / FDA, Thomas Paine and the Revolution, Harriet Beecher Stowe and abolition)

DBQ - Explain how water affected the development of the US (Rivers, canals, etc)

June

THEMATIC - Positive and negative affects of technology. Choose 2 ... Car, internet, television, radio)

DBQ - Reform Movements - Women's Suffrage, Temperance, Child Labor. What was the problem? To what extent was the problem solved?

August

THEMATIC- Choose 2 Presidential decisions in American history, and show the impacts. (Lincoln and emancipation, Truman and the atomic bomb, Washington and Neutrality.)

DBQ - Negative and positive effects of geography on American History.

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2009

January

THEMATIC - Pieces of writing that influenced society. Choose 2 (Thomas Paine's Common Sense, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.)

DBQ - The decisions of the Warren Court (Supreme Court of the 50s and 60s)

June

THEMATIC - Discrimination of rights. Explain policies that helped, or hurt specific groups. Choose 2. (Native Americans and Indian Removal, Korematsu case for the Japanese, slavery for African Americans)

DBQ - Impact of industry on American society from the Civil War to WWI

August 

THEMATIC - Supreme Court Cases. Choose 2, explain the historical circumstances, decision, and impact. (Brown, Korematsu, Miranda, Tinker, Schenck, Gideon, Mapp, etc)

DBQ - Challenges facing Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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2008

January

THEMATIC - Groups affected by War. Choose 2 (African Americans after the Civil War, Indian Wars, women in WWI and WWII, Japanese in WWII)

DBQ - Reformers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Abolition, Populism, Progressive Era)

June

THEMATIC - Change by individuals other than Presidents. Choose two, and show how their actions led to government actions. (Muckrakers, Carnegie and industrialization, Martin Luther King Jr., and civil rights, Henry Ford and the automobile)

DBQ - Presidential actions during crisis. Civil War, Bonus March, and Little Rock 9.

August

THEMATIC - Economic Policy. Describe two actions taken by the government to help the economy. (FDR's New Deal, Tariffs, Social Security, Reagan's tax cuts)

DBQ - Political and Economic impacts of the automobile.

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2007

January

THEMATIC - Geography - Discuss 2 actions taken by the US Government because of Geography. (Monroe Doctrine, Lewis and Clark, Homestead Act, Panama Canal)

DBQ - The Vietnam War and it's impact home and abroad.

 

 

 

June

THEMATIC - Industrialization: Choose two problems that resulted from industrial growth in America. (Immigration, Technology, Monopolies, Urbanization, Reform Movements.)

DBQ -  Similarities and differences between the women's rights and civil rights movements.

August

THEMATIC - Choose 2 individuals who had an impact solving problems in America. (Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, Henry Ford Betty Friedan)

DBQ - Government policy and technology influencing growth in the US economy.

 

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2006

January

THEMATIC - Controversial Issues. Choose 2 controversial issues that divided the country and explain how the government addressed each issue. (Prohibition, Civil Rights, Segregation, Immigration, Native American Removal)

DBQ - Geography's influence on American expansion.

June

THEMATIC - Turning Points. Choose 2 economic, political, and/or social turning points that led to landmark changes. (Automobile, Brown v. Board of Education, Declaration of Independence, or really, anything important.)

DBQ - Mass Media's impact on American society.

August

THEMATIC - Migrations of People. Choose 2 groups, and explain why they moved, and the impact of the migration. (The Great Migration, Native American Removal)

DBQ - The Cold War's affect on the nation.

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2005

January

THEMATIC - Foreign Policy. Choose 2 American foreign policy actions, the immediate or long term consequences, and if self-interest was promoted. (Big Stick Diplomacy, Marshall Plan, Lend-Lease Act, Fourteen Points)

DBQ - Goals of the Progressive Reformers.

 

 

 

June

THEMATIC - Reform Movements. Choose 2 Reform movements, their goals, and if their goals were achieved. (Abolition, Prohibition, Women's Suffrage, Progressive Era)

DBQ - Foreign Policy: Isolation vs. War before WWII.

August

THEMATIC - Cold War. Explain 2 Cold War conflicts and how the government operated during them. (Cuban Missile Crisis, nuclear weapon limits of SALT, Berlin Airlift)

DBQ - Problems in America during the Great Depression.

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2004

January

THEMATIC - Amendments. Choose 2, and explain why they were adapted, and how they affected American society. (any amendment will do)

DBQ - Expanding education to all Americans.

June

THEMATIC - Actions taken by the US because of geographic factors. Choose 2. Explain the action, influences, and impact of each action. (Panama Canal, Monroe Doctrine, Louisiana Purchase)

DBQ - Civil War and Reconstruction -- explain social, economic, and political changes that took place.

August

THEMATIC - Reform Movements. Choose 2, and explain the circumstances and impact. (Progressive Era, Abolition, Prohibition, Women's Suffrage)

DBQ - Westward Expansion during the 1800s.

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