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The Progressive Movement The Progressive Movement was a complicated, even contradictory, phenomenon which sometimes pushed for the expansion of popular democracy while at other times, or even simultaneously, advocated that the functions of government be placed in the hands of experts. The movement addressed some of the worst domestic problems of its time, but its mainstream largely ignored widespread and worsening racial injustices. Review the Progressive Movement of the first two decades of the twentieth century, and generalize what you take to be its core principles. Identify the specific economic, social, and political problems which the Progressives sought to address and explain Progressive approaches and policies toward those issues, at local and national levels. Describe the variations within Progressivism, including the differing agendas of white and black Progressives. Assess the success of specific Progressive policies and approaches. Consider the impact of the First World War on Progressivism, and vice versa. Summarize your responses to these prompts by answering the following questions: a. What, in your estimation, were the key principles of the Progressive Movement? b. What were Progressivism’s most significant successes and failings? c. Can the First World War be regarded as a particularly Progressive conflict, or did it derail the Progressive Movement—or are both of these statements true? When responding to these questions, draw from the material in the textbook and in the following sources: a. The progressive era b. How the other half lives: Studies among the tenements of New York c. Chapter nine d. The shame of the cities e. The history of the Standard Oil Company f. 1900-1930 Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. The Progressive Movement 1. When responding to the questions, draw from the material in the textbook and in the following sources: a. The progressive era This film provides an overview of the Progressive Movement. (2002). The progressive era [Television series episode]. In America in the 20 th Century . New York, NY: Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Retrieved from http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx? Token=36215&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref =
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b. How the other half lives: Studies among the tenements of New York This ebook is a photo-journalistic expose of the working and living conditions of the urban poor in the early 20 th century. Riis, J. (1914). How the other half lives: Studies among the tenements of New York . New York: Charles Schribner's Sons. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books? id=3cFIAAAAYAAJ&dq=jacob%20riis%20how%20the%20other%20half %20lives&pg=PR3#v=onepage&q=jacob%20riis%20how%20the%20other%20half %20lives&f=false c. Chapter nine This is a chapter from a novel best known for revealing unsavory practices in the meat industry. Sinclair, U. (1905). Chapter nine. The Jungle. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5727 d. The shame of the cities This document excerpts the introduction to a muckraking expose on urban corruption. Steffens, L. (1904). The shame of the cities. New York: McClure, Philips & Co, 1–18. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5732 e. The history of the Standard Oil Company This document provides an excerpt from a muck-raking expose on Big Business. Tarbell, I. (1904). The history of the Standard Oil Company . New York: McClure, Phillips, and Co., 168-178. Retrieved from http://www.academicamerican.com/progressive/docs/tarbellSO.html f. 1900-1930 This video explores the demographic and social changes the United States experienced in the first 30 years of the 20 th century. Wattenberg, B. (Writer), & Hicks, L. (Director). (2000). 1900-1930 [Television series episode]. In A. Walworth (Executive producer), The First Measured Century: The Other Way of Looking at American History . Arlington, VA: PBS. Retrieved from http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx? Token=44377&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref =
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Answer 1: The first two decades of the twentieth century, was a reform movement through which
Americans struggled to cope with a broad range of economic, social, economic, and cultural
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