Ch 32: The Progressive Era - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Explore major events of the Progressive Era before you answer related questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. Complete with animated videos and multiple-choice quizzes, this chapter could prepare you for the assessment.

The Progressive Era: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter's educational video lessons on the Progressive Era cover topics on everything from the contributions of African-American leaders to the women's movement and the accomplishments of President Woodrow Wilson. As you anticipate taking the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination, re-discover the main objectives of the Progressives as well as the role that women played in promoting their agendas, and examine the political platforms of the presidential candidates of 1912. Revisit these and other topics in the video lessons so that you may:

  • Explain the political aspirations of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Describe the goals of the muckrakers
  • Learn more about the challenges Americans faced in their home and business lives during the Progressive Era, and discuss some improvements
  • Re-examine the ways in which the government broke up trusts and business monopolies
  • Describe the reforms of Progressive politics as well as the significance of the election of 1912
  • Explore the issues faced by African Americans of the Progressive Era
  • Identify early feminist leaders

Five-question quizzes, teacher-narrated video lessons, verbatim text transcripts and worksheets make up this tutorial chapter. Watching the self-paced videos on your mobile device, carefully taking notes and reviewing all of the lesson summaries should provide you with the knowledge required to address questions on the Progressive Era when you take the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. You'll have the option of printing out written information so that you can quickly access it offline.

The Progressive Era: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Chapter Objectives

Your expanded knowledge of the Progressive Era could come in handy during the first of four content domains of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. The History domain is quite large and accounts for 50% of the score. It includes several subareas, one of which covers U.S. history. This is where you'll demonstrate what you know about Progressive reforms as well as the political and economic aspects of the era. You'll be granted about three hours to finish the computer-administered examination, which consists of 150 multiple-choice questions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 32: The Progressive Era - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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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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