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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 2. Analyze the emerging foreign policy of the United States

Objective a. Explain why the United States adopted a policy of neutrality prior to the War of 1812

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Show the students examples and then have them review the basic components of political cartoons. Then have the students design political cartoons that either criticize or defend the foreign policy recommendations of Washington’s Farewell Address.

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