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Who's it for?
This unit of our Middle School US History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the Progressive Era's reforms and amendments. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Progressive Era. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about progressive politics, Muckrakers, early feminist movements and African-American leaders of the Progressive Era.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an Early 20th Century Progressive Era unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
The Early 20th Century Progressive Era Unit Objectives:
- Learn the significance of the presidential election of 1912.
- Study early feminism and women's suffrage.
- Discuss the influence of the Muckrakers of the Progressive Era.
- Learn about Theodore Roosevelt and the progressives' agenda.
- Examine the reforms and amendments of progressive politics.
- Discuss the era's home and work improvements.
- Explore government regulations and trust busting of the Progressive Era.
1. Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda
During the early 1900's, progressive era reformers (including President Theodore Roosevelt) sought federal government regulations to solve the social, economic, and political problems in America. Learn about the progressives, how to define and understand the goals of progressives, President Theodore Roosevelt, the Square Deal, and the impact of Roosevelt's political agenda to progressive reforms in America during the early 20th century.
2. The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence
Muckrakers were investigative journalists during the Progressive Era who reported sensational news articles that exposed scandalous social, economic, and political problems in America. Learn about muckrakers (including the definition), muckraking targets, influential muckrakers, and the impact of muckrakers in raising awareness to persistent problems that plagued the American people during the early 20th century.
3. Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era
Back in the early 1900s, Progressive Era reformers used a systemic approach toward addressing the societal problems many Americans faced at home and in the workplace. Learn about important progressive ERA reformers, their progressive viewpoints, workplace improvements they helped achieve, and home improvements of the Progressive Era.
4. Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy & Industry in the Progressive Era
The Progressive Era lasted from 1900 to 1917, and was characterized by increases in government regulation, particularly on business monopolies, in order to provide better and fairer conditions for American workers and consumers. This lesson explores the regulations and reforms enacted during this time, including trust busting, industry and railroad regulations, business and economic reform, and increased protection for consumers.
5. Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments
Progressive politics includes the belief that the government should improve society by responding to the needs of the people. Explore this definition, the local and state political reforms, constitutional amendments, Robert La Follette, and the progressive party.
6. Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms & Significance
The presidential election of 1912 was significant to the development of the United States. Discover the backstory of the 1912 elections, the presidential candidates' platforms, the importance of the elections' outcome, and the President's accomplishments during his incumbency.
7. African Americans in the Progressive Era: Issues & Leaders
The Progressive Era (1900-1918) sought to improve the social problems in America, but African Americans were largely excluded. Learn about African American leaders who fought for justice during this era such as Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as a landmark court case in which the NAACP fought Jim Crow laws.
8. Women's Suffrage & Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment & Leaders
The 19th Amendment, which forbid restricting the right to vote based on sex, was a pivotal movement in the Progressive Era that spearheaded early feminism. Learn about about key leaders in the Women's Movement and the work done by groups such as the NAWSA and NWP.
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