CIE GCSE History: The USA, 1919–41

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Depth Study D: The United States, 1919–41

How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s?

  • On what factors was the economic boom based?
  • Why did some industries prosper while others did not?
  • Why did agriculture not share in the prosperity?
  • Did all Americans benefit from the boom?

How far did US society change in the 1920s?

  • What were the ‘Roaring Twenties’?
  • How widespread was intolerance in US society?
  • Why was Prohibition introduced, and then later repealed?
  • How far did the roles of women change during the 1920s?

What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash?

  • How far was speculation responsible for the Wall Street Crash?
  • What impact did the Crash have on the economy?
  • What were the social consequences of the Crash?
  • Why did Roosevelt win the election of 1932?

How successful was the New Deal?

  • What was the New Deal as introduced in 1933?
  • How far did the character of the New Deal change after 1933?
  • Why did the New Deal encounter opposition?
  • Why did unemployment persist despite the New Deal?
  • Did the fact that the New Deal did not solve unemployment mean that it was a failure?

Further specified content can be found on page 22 of the Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus handbook (For examination in June and November 2020, 2021 and 2022)

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