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Ch 19: Chapter 19: Political Reform and the Progressive Era (1870-1920)

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The Political Reform and the Progressive Era chapter of this Prentice Hall America Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential history lessons of the Progressive Era. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Political Reform and the Progressive Era textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall America's Political Reform and the Progressive Era chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the Progressive Era topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Politics during the Gilded Age
  • Progressive reforms and politics
  • Influence of the Muckrakers
  • Progressive industry and economic regulations
  • Reforms that improved living and working conditions
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Square Deal
  • Accomplishments during Wilson's presidency
  • Women's suffrage movement
  • Booker T. Washington and African American education
  • Effect of Jim Crow laws on education
  • Significance of the Plessy v. Ferguson decision
  • African American leaders of the Progressive Era

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12 Lessons in Chapter 19: Chapter 19: Political Reform and the Progressive Era (1870-1920)
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Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

1. 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.

Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

2. Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, political reformers pushed for an end of abuse of power in politics and government. Learn how political reforms of the Progressive Era helped make government more responsive to the people, prompting changes at every level of government.

The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence

3. 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.

Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy & Industry in the Progressive Era

4. Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy & Industry in the Progressive Era

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, government intervened in the economy, breaking up trusts, and regulating railroads and other industries. Learn how government worked to curb the power of unregulated big business and provide tariff and banking reforms.

Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era

5. Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, reformers made efforts to improve living conditions in society. Lean how Progressive reformers worked to alleviate difficulties facing Americans in the workplace and at home.

Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda

6. Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda

In the early 20th century, the United States had become an increasingly industrialized society. Progressive reformers believed that many social, economic and political issues required federal government regulation. Learn how Progressive Era reformers, including President Theodore Roosevelt and his Square Deal, worked to correct problems that accompanied this rapid development and expansion.

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.

Women's Suffrage & Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment & Leaders

8. Women's Suffrage & Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment & Leaders

The women's suffrage movement became one of the most prominent areas of reform during the Progressive movement. Learn about the work of early feminists, changing roles of women and notable women suffrage leaders who pushed for women's right to vote.

Booker T. Washington's Views on Education

9. Booker T. Washington's Views on Education

Booker T. Washington was the founder of the renowned Tuskegee University, a dedicated activist, and a driven educator. In this video, we will take a look at his life, legacy, and impact on education.

The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education

10. The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education

Jim Crow laws held racial minorities back for almost a century. Nowhere was that more obvious than in segregated schools. In this lesson, we'll look at the inequalities of segregated schools and the positive contribution of Rosenwald schools.

Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

11. Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

This lesson explains the impact of Plessy v. Ferguson, an important Supreme Court decision made in 1896. The Court ruled on the concept of 'separate but equal' and set back civil rights in the United States for decades to come.

African Americans in the Progressive Era: Issues & Leaders

12. African Americans in the Progressive Era: Issues & Leaders

During the Progressive Era, from approximately 1900 to 1918, progress for many African Americans was hard to come by. Explore some of the inequalities African Americans faced and learn about notable African-American leaders of the era including Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.

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