Your group will investigate one of 10 essential pieces of legislation in from throughout US History.
-Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798 -Homestead Act of 1862 -Sherman Antitrust Act -Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 -Social Security Act of 1935 -The Wagner Act -Servicemen's Readjustment Act (GI Bill) -Federal-Aid Highway Act -Civil Rights Act -Defense of Marriage Act
For your Act, you need to present to the class the following. -The Historical Context of the Act: What was happening at the time that spurred Congress to move on the issue. -An overview of what the Act actually does. -A description of the bill's journey to becoming a law. (ie. was it universally supported, was there deep division, veto threats, by what margins did it ultimately pass, etc.) -The impact of the bill on American history or society.
Your group will head to one of four websites for party platforms along with that party's Presidential candidate. As a group, summarize the beliefs and stances of that Party/Candidate to present to the class.