Edeexcel history revision unit 2- complete notes

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Edexcel History revision ­
unit 2
Edexcel history revision ­ unit 2
Unlike unit 3, in this exam content is very important and exam technique is not. However, it
is important to know what to expect
The questions
Q1A (4 Marks)
o Aim to spend 4 minutes on this one
o It's the same as Q1 on unit 3 but worth less marks
o You need to make at least 1 supported inferences (a point backed up with a
quote)
o Try to make 2 points if you're aiming for the top marks
Q1B (6 Marks)
o Aim to spend about 8 minutes on this one
o It'll ask you to `describe the key features'
o You need to write at least two developed points
o It is very similar to the 6 mark question in unit 1
Q1C (8 Marks)
o Try to spend about 12 minutes on this
o You need to `explain the effects of...'
o You need to write at least two explained points
o To get the top marks you need to make links between effects
Q1D (8 Marks)
o Spend about 12 minutes on it
o You need to `explain why...'
o You have to write about at least 2 causes/ reasons and explain them
o To get 8 marks you need to make a decision about which was the most
important
Q2 (8 Marks)
o You have a choice of questions. You need to answer Q2A OR 2B. DO NOT
ANSWER BOTH!!!
o Spend about 12 minutes on this one
o It'll ask you to `explain why/how'
o Write at least two explained points
o Link points to get the best marks
Q3 (16 Marks)
o You have a choice of questions. You need to answer Q3A OR 3B. DO NOT
ANSWER BOTH!!!
o Make sure you have enough time for this one, at least 25 minutes

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o It'll give you a reason for a certain outcome and ask you if that was the most
important reason
o You are given 4 factors.
o You need to write about at least 3 of the factors but try to write about all 4,
just to be safe.
o You need to make a judgement about which was the most important factor.…read more

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unit 2
What was the impact of WW1 on the USA?
Reasons for optimism Reasons for pessimism
They had lent a lot of money Had to reduce consumption
No war damage Had to take out loans
They had won new export markets Businesses ran themselves
Full employment Reduced wages
Mass production Strikes and job losses
Expanded farms Government did nothing to help
The government believed in laissez faire. This meant they believed in letting
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unit 2
The value of shares could change very fast depending on demand
If trading was `slow' shares could stay the same for months
In the 1920s shares went up because companies were making big profits
More people bought shares to sell them for a profit
Consumerism in the 1920s
Consumerism meant people were buying more goods and spending more money on
leisure
People had more money to spend because wages had risen and working hours had
gone down
New industries…read more

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unit 2
o Women were seen smoking and drinking
o They were also accused of encouraging sex before marriage
Crimes were also seen on screen.…read more

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unit 2
Millions of ordinary people still wanted to drink
`Speakeasies' were illegal bars
`Moonshine' was sold- homemade alcohol
Gangsters started selling the illegal alcohol
They made so much money that they could bribe the police and judges
Gangs fought to control the city
On 14th February 1929 the valentine's day massacre took place ­ 7 members of bugs
Moran's gang were murdered by Al Capone's gang
This was not a one off, in 1929 there were 400 gang related murders…read more

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unit 2
Unemployment went up from 880K to 2
Demand for consumerism had slowed down
million in 2 years
More efficient techniques meant less
Prices dropped due to overproduction
workers were needed
People moving from farms to cities couldn't Farmers couldn't sell abroad because of
always find jobs tariffs
People who owed money to banks fell
Big businesses were in control
behind in their repayments
Trade unions were weak Share prices continued to rise
There was an overconfidence that share
Wages…read more

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The effects of the depression
Some people lost everything whilst others were okay
For the poorest people ­ the blacks and the farmers ­ the depression didn't make
things much worse than they already were.…read more

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Young unemployed men went to camps where they would work and
get money to send home
o TVA
Set up a authority to provide energy to the Tennessee Valley
Opponents to the new deal
Businesses
o Still believed in lasses-faire
o They felt the new deal encouraged laziness
o Wanted to run businesses alone
Republicans
o Said it was a step towards communism
o Didn't like government interference
Radicals
o Wanted to nationalise banks
o Wider social reforms wanted…read more

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May 1935
o The `re-settlement act' set up new communities for the homeless
July 1935
o The Wagner act meant industries couldn't ban trades unions
1936
o Roosevelt was re-elected
Taking on the Supreme Court
After Roosevelt's re-election he had more confidence to tackle the supreme court
The supreme court had ruled some parts of the new deal `unconstitutional' (the NRA
and the AAA)
Roosevelt wanted to `pack' the court ­ get new judges who agreed with him
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