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Ch 20: AEPA: U.S. Politics (1878-1945)

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Use this chapter to brush up on key issues in U.S. political history that deal with the time period from 1878 to 1945. Engaging video lessons are used to cover a variety of questions that you could be asked on the AEPA Political Science/ American Government exam.

AEPA: U.S. Politics (1878-1945) - Chapter Summary

The presidential election of 1912 and the Teapot Dome Scandal are some of the major topics that this chapter covers for your AEPA Political Science/ American Government test prep. This chapter will also leave you with the following fresh in your mind:

  • The presidents during the Gilded Age
  • American urbanization and its problems
  • Issues with the early labor unions
  • The Granger movement and the Populists
  • Second Industrial Revolution monetary policy and taxes
  • The Red Scare that occurred in the 1920s
  • FDR's First and Second New Deal
  • Nativism and the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s
  • The Potsdam Conference

Once you're done with each of the short video lessons, you can quickly assess your familiarity with the content by taking a practice quiz. In case you'd like to see anything in particular again, you can use the video tags to easily locate any portion of a specific lesson.

AEPA: U.S. Politics (1878-1945) - Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Political Science/American Government test checks your subject knowledge to see if you're qualified to teach the material to students in Arizona. Your knowledge of anything in this chapter will be assessed with multiple-choice questions on the exam. Of the three exam subareas, items dealing with this chapter's info will come out of the United States and Arizona Government portion, which comprises 58% of the exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 20: AEPA: U.S. Politics (1878-1945)
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Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

1. Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

With encouragement from the federal government, the Second Industrial Revolution transformed America from an agrarian nation into an industrial power. The mixed effects of these changes on the American people prompted Mark Twain to dub the period the 'Gilded Age.'

Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

2. Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

Refresh your memory of the 'Forgotten Presidents' of the Gilded Age, and learn how Civil Service Reform might have cleaned up the federal government, but not the cities and states. They were the domain of political machines, like Tammany Hall.

Labor Unions During the Second Industrial Revolution: Organized Labor vs. Management

3. Labor Unions During the Second Industrial Revolution: Organized Labor vs. Management

Before American businesses had to comply with basic labor laws and safety regulations, workers organized to improve their working conditions. Learn about the early labor unions and their violent clashes with management and government.

The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

4. The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, farm prices fell and the federal government began supporting industry. Farmers first organized the Grange, a social movement that turned political with Farmers' Alliances. The Populist Party emerged to represent agrarian interests at the national level.

Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism

5. Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism

Between the Civil War and WWI, America experienced a massive third wave of immigration. Learn about where these immigrants came from, where they went and how 'native' Americans responded to them.

Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

6. Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

After the Civil War, America transformed from a rural nation to an urban nation. Learn where all those people came from and why. Using New York City as an example, you'll see some of the problems of urbanization and the steps they took to improve it.

Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms & Significance

7. Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms & Significance

The presidential election of 1912 was a four-way race that brought out third party candidates and a former president. Learn about the candidates, their platforms and Woodrow Wilson's major accomplishments.

American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal

8. American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal

Americans looked forward to the start of a new decade in 1920. They also looked for a president that would ease their fears and return the nation to 'normal,' but big business and corruption would come to symbolize politics of the decade.

The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions

9. The Ku Klux Klan, Eugenics and Nativism: Definition, Movement & Social Reactions

The decade of the 1920s saw older, traditional values of American society challenged by the rapidly changing Modern Age. Elements of the nation reacted to such change with fear. Develop an understanding of the reborn Ku Klux Klan, the eugenics movement and nativist sentiments of the 1920s.

The Red Scare of the 1920s: Definition, Summary & Causes

10. The Red Scare of the 1920s: Definition, Summary & Causes

The Red Scare of the early 1920s would not be the last. During this time, post-WWI America felt vulnerable and turned its fear on a perceived leftist or 'Red' threat. This lesson will help you to develop an understanding of the Red Scare of the 1920s.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

11. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

President Franklin Roosevelt's first New Deal program represented an aggressive legislative campaign to relieve American suffering and end the Great Depression. Learn more about the first 100 days of the New Deal.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal

12. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Second New Deal

President Franklin Roosevelt's second New Deal represented a more conservative approach to battling the Great Depression. Learn more about the program, including its legislation and legacy.

The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

13. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.

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