By: Delaney Winkler

Overarching Understanding

Sociological, political, and economic expansion is essential in current and past societies.

Sociological, political, and economic expansion is essential in current and past societies because without all of these three types of expansion our society would not grow and change for the better. Expansion impacts our society greatly and without it nothing would change. Sociological expansion is essential because if our society and culture didn't expand then things would never change and our country wouldn't have become what it is today without expanding. Political expansion is essential because sometimes things in our government doesn't work, such as the Articles of Confederation. If that never changed then our country would be a big mess becuase that way of governing didn't work, therefore it had to change and the Constitution had to be created so that our government could work the way it does. Finally, economic expansion is essential because we need things in our economy to change. Like in the Great Depression, if our economy didn't change or expand then the US would be completley different right now. That is why sociolgical, political, and economic expansion is essential in current and past societies.

Essential Question #1

How does expansion impact society?

Expansion impacts society because expansion changes many things. When there is expansion people either agree or don't agree. When people don't agree with something then they try and find a way to reform it or change it, which creates conflict between the two parties that disagree. Then the society is changed and divided, some are for and some are against. When the two groups are divided they fight for what they want. This expansion divides people because people have different ideas and opinions and that creates a lot of conflict which impacts society greatly.

This picture addresses to the EQ, (How does expansion impact society?), because the Fugitive Slave Act, which was part of the Compromise of 1850, is an example of when earlier I said that when people don't agree with something then they try and find a way to change it. When people try to change things that others don't want to change it creates conflict between the two groups that disagree then there is a clear division in the country. The new law, the Fugitive Slave Act, said that if you see someone you think is a runaway slave then you have to turn them in, even if it is against what you believe in. This expansion of the idea of slavery impacted the society greatly because it was divided the American Society. Some were against slavery and some weren't, which created major conflict. This conflict eventually led to the Civil War. This expansion of slavery affected our society in a bad way because it led to a war between the north and the south in our country. This is an example of how expansion impacts society.

Essential Question #2

What do a nation’s policies reveal about their values?

A nation's policies show a lot about their values. Their policies show their goal of what they want the nation to become because their policies are what they think is necessary to get the nation to become what they want. Another thing that their policies reveal about their values is what they think of the people living in their nations and if they believe in equality among all races and religions or if they don't.

This picture addresses to the EQ, (What do a nation’s policies reveal about their values?), because it is about the Worcester vs. Georgia case. Worcester was an Indian living in Georgia. He was accused of not having a permit to be a citizen of Georgia but Worcester argued that he didn't need a permit because he was on Indian Territory, not Georgia land. This case went all the way to the supreme court. John Marshall, the chief justice of the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Worcester and told the government to leave the Indians alone. Later, Andrew Jackson made the Indian Removal Act and moved all the Indians from Georgia to Oklahoma. This showed that his goal for what he wanted the nation to become was a very large country by fulfilling Manifest Destiny. This policy/law also showed that he didn't care about the rights of other races, just the white people's, and he would do anything to them to make the country bigger. He did not care about them or their land or traditions and history. That is how this example shows how a nation's policies reveal about their values.

Essential Question #3

How might leadership decisions be viewed from different perspectives?

Leadership can be viewed from many different angles. One leader may think that the decision they made was a great decision and it was the right choice, while another person might view this person's decision as a bad and unfair idea that they don't agree with and they think is wrong.

This picture addresses the EQ,(How might leadership decisions be viewed from different perspectives?), because it shows what each side was fighing for in the Mexican War and how one Texas' leadership decisions were viewed differentely than from the perspective of the Mexicans. Texas thought that a certain area of land was theirs so they sent people down there to protect it. Mexico htought that it was their land so when Texas's leaders made the decision to send Texas troops down there Mexicans thought that Texans were invading their territory. This shows how leadership decisions can be viewed from different perspectives because from this example you can see that Texas thought that they were just protecting their land, while in Mexico's perspective they thought tha Texas was invading their land.