Ch 12: WEST History: The Progressive Era

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Review what you know or learn new facts about the period in U.S. history known as the Progressive Era. The video lessons and quizzes will help you answer these types of questions on the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: The Progressive Era - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter examine changes in the social and political fabric of America during the Progressive Era. You will have the opportunity to study key figures and events that impacted this early 20th century time period. Once you have successfully viewed the lessons and grasped the material, you should be prepared to answer specific questions found on the WEST History exam by demonstrating the following:

  • Understanding the goals of Progressives
  • Describing the role of Theodore Roosevelt during the Progressive Era
  • Summarizing the development of business regulations and economic reform
  • Detailing local and state political reforms in the Progressive Era
  • Defining amendments to the Constitution adopted during the Progressive Era
  • Identifying major African-American figures of the Progressive Era
  • Providing information about the candidates of 1912's presidential election
  • Discussing women's movements and changes to women's rights during the Progressive Era

Using simple narrative text and illustrations, these lessons present the material in a fun and engaging way. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to test what you have learned by using the same multiple-choice format you will encounter on the WEST History exam.

WEST History: The Progressive Era Objectives

The Progressive Era chapter is designed to help you identify and explain major social and political movements and changes that impacted the U.S. during this time. Knowledge of these topics is important when answering U.S. history questions found in the first domain of the WEST History exam. This domain accounts for 36% of this computer-administered exam. A passing score of 240 is required on the exam.

Washington State uses WEST exams to measure the ability of both new and current educators to teach basic and specific-content area material. The Basic exam covers fundamental reading, writing and math concepts, while endorsement exams are given in a wide range of subjects from agriculture to visual arts. Endorsements can be added to new or existing teaching certificates.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: WEST History: The Progressive Era
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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.

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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