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070 Progressivism Study Guide - STUDY GUIDE"PROGRESSIVISM...

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S TUDY G UIDE : “P ROGRESSIVISM Using this study guide The following document has all of the terms, quotes, lists, and ideas contained in the most recent powerpoint presentation (note: I change these frequently so some variations may exist). As a result, you should not feel that you need to copy any of this information while in class. The following questions are addressed in this section of the lecture. You should be able to answer these questions by the end of this section. If you can’t, see me during my office hours or talk with your seminar leader: Why did the Gilded Age end and the Progressive Era begin? What is meant by the words “progress” or a “progressive era?” What other ideas and intellectuals were making Americans think anew? Why did we focus on the role of female workers, two key strikes, and the rise of the SPA and IWW as good examples to examine the rise of progressivism? What role did the fact that these were female workers have on the nation? What are the three main types of progressivism, examples of each, and how did they differ from each other? What conclusions can we reach about these three groups and Progressivism in general? Why did I keep referring to normative/ethical values like “good” and “bad” when discussing the progressives? Do we agree on what is good/bad? Who was in power to make these value judgments and who was left out? Sample Exam Questions from Previous Exams: Progressivism took many forms both domestically and internationally. (i) Why does the Progressive Era appear (what caused the Gilded Age to end)? (ii) Describe the goals and give examples of three types of Progressive reform, making sure to highlight how each type was a unique interpretation of “Progressivism.” (iii) Which of these three is the strongest today? Using examples from 1900-1920, define how America became a “Progressive” country. What were the key areas of disagreement between the various progressives? Did the era differ greatly from that before or after it? Why? Women played a key role in the nature of U.S. labor relations, voting rights, and popular culture from 1890 to 1930. (i) Describe, using specific examples from two of these three categories, how women's actions transformed America and their place in society (ii) In your opinion, did modern consumer culture liberate the American woman? Remember to justify your answer. ( i ) Describe the goals and give specific examples of the three main types of Progressive reform groups, making sure to highlight how each was a unique interpretation of “Progressivism.” (ii) Which of the three, in your opinion, was the most successful during the era (be sure to justify your answer)? ( iii ) Looking at either Nativism or U.S. foreign 1
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policy from 1880-1920, how is it possible to argue that these actions were as “progressive” as other reformers of the era?
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