. Why did politics in the Gilded Age seemingly sink to such a low level?  Did the Gilded Age party system have any strengths to compensate for its weaknesses?
2. Did the progressive movement make any lasting contributions to American society?
3. How were the European and Pacific wars (in WWII) similar, and how were they different?
4. Could any of Nixon’s achievements in office compensate for his Watergate crimes?  What should history say about the Nixon presidency?

Political history