American Policing 1900-1960: History & Influences


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Which era was defined as a period of social and political reform that lasted from the late 19th century to about the 1920s?

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1. During the Progressive Era, citizens began demanding which one of the following?

2. Which of the following pushed for and supported police reform during the Progressive Era?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will help you see what you know about the changes in American policing that began at the turn of the century. To pass this quiz you need to not only be familiar with policing reforms instituted between 1900 and 1960, but also the individuals backing these reforms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions center around the early 20th century and:

  • Police reform
  • Citizen response to early policing policies
  • Development of college courses for policing
  • The first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about policing in the United States in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding police reform in the Progressive Era and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding individuals involved with changes in policing policies in the early 1900s.

Additional Learning

For more information on reforms in policing in the United States, see the lesson called American Policing 1900-1960: History & Influences. This lesson includes information on the:

  • Policing practices prior to the Progressive Era
  • Implementation of standards for police officers
  • Push for professionalism and accountability in the field