Ch 14: HiSET: The Progressive Era in America (1900-1917)

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Use our video lessons about the Progressive Era in America to prepare for the HiSET Social Studies test. The self-assessment quizzes that follow provide a simple way to gauge your understanding of the material and offer a glimpse of what you might expect to see on the actual exam.

HiSET: The Progressive Era in America (1900-1917) - Chapter Summary

Watch video lessons to learn about the key events and societal changes that shaped the Progressive Era in the U.S. during the early 1900s. This chapter will help you to prepare for questions on the exam pertaining to:

  • Identifying the political agenda of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressives
  • Showing how the muckrackers impacted the nation during the Progressive Era
  • Explaining how work and home improvements shifted during this period
  • Showing how trust busting influenced the economy and industry
  • Recognizing Progressive politics, including reforms and amendments
  • Noting candidates and the significance of the presidential election in 1912
  • Examining African American leaders of the Progressive Era and the issues they faced
  • Identifying feminist leaders and the contents of the 19th amendment

Our videos are led by professional instructors and allow you to follow along at a pace that works for you. Understanding each of the key concepts associated with the Progressive Era will help you to be better prepared for the HiSET Social Studies exam.

Objectives of the HiSET: The Progressive Era in America (1900-1917) Chapter

The HiSET Social Studies exam gauges your ability to identify and examine significant social studies principles, including historical events, politics, sociology, and anthropology. This study guide allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of the Progressive Era, which is part of the historical aspects portion of the social studies test; this section accounts for about 38% of the exam. Our quizzes provide you with an opportunity to test your knowledge and see what types of questions you might encounter on the HiSET Social Studies exam.

Questions on the exam will be multiple-choice and may prompt you to study timelines, tables, cartoons, passages, or other resources in order to select the best answer.

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: HiSET: The Progressive Era in America (1900-1917)
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Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda

1. 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.

The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence

2. 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.

Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era

3. 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.

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.

Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

5. 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.

Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms & Significance

6. 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.

African Americans in the Progressive Era: Issues & Leaders

7. 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.

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.

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