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Below is a sample breakdown of the Progressive Era (1900 - 1917) chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda; |
The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence
| The Square Deal and conservation; |
Journalists who uncovered injustices at the turn of the century
|Tuesday|| Work and Home Improvements of the Progressive Era; |
Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy and Industry in the Progressive Era
| The ways in which the Progressive Period improved work and home life; |
How the government intervened to improve the economy and regulate the railroads
|Wednesday|| Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms and Amendments; |
Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms and Significance
| How Robert M. La Follette led political reforms; |
The presidential platform of Woodrow Wilson
|Thursday||African Americans in the Progressive Era: Issues and Leaders||Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois and other African American leaders of the Progressive Era|
|Friday||Women's Suffrage and Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment and Leaders||Issues of the early feminist movement|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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