Major Problems Facing the
United States in the 20th Century
Should or can Americans agree on what are
American values, principles, and national priorities?
Should there be one common culture that all
Americans are expected to share and identify with?
How can local, state, and federal governments support
and protect the "public interest" from the selfish,
greedy hands of special interest groups?
Can the federal government solve social and economic
problems such as poverty, alcohol abuse, racism, crime
and violence, and moral decline?
Should local, states, and federal governments be
responsible for protecting and improving the social
welfare of Americans, such as guaranteeing all
Americans a decent education, a decent job, a moral
society, and strong families?
Is increasing inequality between the rich and the
poor a threat to America's middle-class society?
Is the growing economic gap between the very rich
and the poor
threatening American democracy
Are dominant national corporations a threat
to American democracy and our free enterprise
Can America survive as a nation of immigrants or
should America insist on all Americans sharing a
common culture and common national identity?
Should America become an Empire and try to
impose its value on other peoples and nations?