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American Imperialism & The Progressive Era - Chapter Summary
This teacher resource collection provides short lessons that cover the most important historical aspects of the Progressive Era as well as the reasons and effects of American Imperialism. Our expert history instructors also cover the Spanish-American War, the Populist Party and the Muckrakers. Share these lessons with your students in class, and afterward, use the accompanying quizzes to see how well your students comprehend the information.
How It Helps
- Student engagement: The lessons are taught by expert instructors who use a simplified and entertaining teaching style.
- Flexibility: These lessons serve a variety of academic purposes. For example, in addition to using the lessons as lecture supplements, you can use them to help students review information for upcoming exams.
- Student assessment: The short quizzes that accompany each lesson can help you quickly evaluate your students' comprehension of important Progressive Era and American imperialism concepts.
Use the chapter's lessons to educate your students on:
- The reasons for American imperialism
- America's rise as an international power
- The causes and effects of the Spanish-American War
- The goals of the Grange and Populist Party
- Progressive Era amendments
- The influence of the Muckrakers during the Progressive Era
1. American Imperialism Around the Globe
In this lesson, you'll explore the history of American imperialism and discover how imperialism can appear in many different ways. Afterwards, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results
The Spanish-American war was a new kind of war involvement for the U.S. It was not for freedom, it was not an internal conflict. It was fought over expansion and the idea of spreading American influence in the Caribbean and in the Philippines.
3. 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.
4. The Progressive Era: Definition & Amendments
The Progressive Era was a period of significant change in the United States that lasted for roughly the first two decades of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about the four amendments that came from this period of reform.
5. The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence
A spirit of reform marked the Progressive Era from around 1900 to 1917. It was in this spirit that muckrakers, who were influential journalists, worked to reveal injustices and oversights in American society. Learn how muckrakers raised awareness of America's social, economic and political problems.
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