His 204 week 2 dq 1

  

Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Discussion 1

The Progressive Movement

  

 Background: The Progressive Movement was a complicated, and sometimes   contradictory, phenomenon that sometimes pushed for the expansion of popular   democracy while at other times, or even simultaneously, advocated that the   functions of government be placed in the hands of experts. The movement   addressed some of the worst domestic problems of its time, but its mainstream   largely ignored widespread and worsening racial injustices.  
 

Resources:  When responding to these questions, draw from the   material in the textbook and at least one of the following sources:

  1. (2002).  The progressive        era [Television series episode].        In America in the 20th Century. New York, NY: Films for the        Humanities & Sciences. Retrieved from        http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=36215&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref=        
  2. Riis, J. (1914). How the other half lives: Studies among the        tenements of New York        New York: Charles Schribner’s Sons. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=3cFIAAAAYAAJ&dq=jacob%20riis%20how%20the%20other%20half%20lives&pg=PR3#v=onepage&q=jacob%20riis%20how%20the%20other%20half%20lives&f=false        
  3. Sinclair, U. (1905). Chapter nine. The Jungle.        Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5727 
  4. Steffens, L. (1904). The shame of the cities.  New York:        McClure, Philips & Co, 1–18. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5732        
  5. Tarbell, I. (1904). The history of the Standard Oil Company.  New York:        McClure, Phillips, and Co., 168-178. Retrieved from        http://www.academicamerican.com/progressive/docs/tarbellSO.html 
  6. Wattenberg, B. (Writer),        & Hicks, L. (Director). (2000).  1900-1930 [Television series episode].        In A. Walworth (Executive producer), The First Measured Century: The        Other Way of Looking at American History. Arlington, VA: PBS.        Retrieved from        http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=44377&aid=18596&Plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=480&ref=        

Instructions:   Review the Progressive Movement of the first two decades of the twentieth   century, and generalize what you take to be its core principles. What were   the specific economic, social, and political problems that the Progressives   sought to address and how did they approach these issues at the local and   national levels? How successful were Progressives in implementing their   reforms? Describe the variations within Progressivism, including the   differing agendas of white and black Progressives. Assess the success of   specific Progressive policies and approaches. Consider the impact of the   First World War on Progressivism, and vice versa.
 

Before answering the questions above, reflect upon the   following questions (use the following questions to guide your research):

  1. What, in your opinion, were        the key principles of the Progressive Movement?  
  2. In your opinion,what were        Progressivism’s most significant successes and failings?  
  3. Can the First World War be        regarded as a particularly Progressive conflict, or did it derail the        Progressive Movement—or are both of these statements true? 

Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length.   Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and properly   cite any references. You may use additional scholarly sources to support your   points if you choose. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by   Day 7 in at least 100 words. 

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