Third Exam/Paper Assignment

2 to 3 pages in length, double-spaced (and no more than 3 pages)
Due: Dec. 10 AM

Please choose one of the following two assignments.

1. What were the origins of the Russian Revolution? How did Lenin redefine Marxim? How did Lenin and Stalin transform Russia?

2. President Roosevelt's Inaugural Address, the SDS's Port Huron Statement, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, NOW's Statement of Purpose, and President Reagan's Inaugural Address depict a nation in crisis and propose new ways of thinking and acting in order to overcome the crisis. Compare these five documents, placing each one in its historical context and locating each one on the spectrum of twentieth century political ideologies. Are there any general conclusions one can draw from these documents about the shift in American politics and culture from the 1930's, through the 1960s, to the 1980's?

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