Textbooks and Resources
The following books are required for this course:
OpenStax. (2019). U.S. history. OpenStax CNX. Retrieved from https://cnx.org/contents/p7ovuIkl@6.18:gMXC1GEM@7/Introduction
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapter 18, 21, 22
- Minimum of 3 scholarly sources (in addition to the textbook). The sources associated with each topic selection below can be used as part of the 3 scholarly sources.
Optional Resources to Explore
Feel free to review the library guide for scholarly sources and videos at the following link:
- Link (website): History Library Guide (Links to an external site.)
The purposes of each case study assignment include the following:
- To hone your abilities to research using scholarly sources
- To advance critical thinking and writing skills
- To compile a response to the prompts provided
- To explore a historical topic and make connections to change over time
Pick one (1) of the following topics. Then, address the corresponding questions/prompts for your selected topic. Use at least one (1) documented example of the corresponding primary source in your writing.
Option 1: Big Business (Monopolies) and Exploitation of Workers
View the following resource:
- Link (video): The Progressive Era (Links to an external site.) (27:30)
Browse and read one (1) of the following:
- Link (library article): The Triangle Disaster: How a Fire a Century ago at a New York Clothing Factory Changed U.S. Labor Laws (Links to an external site.)
- Link (library article): The Pullman Strike (Links to an external site.)
Then, address the following:
- Explain if big business leaders were “captains of industry,” “shrewd businessmen,” or “robber barons.”
- Based on one of the resources noted for this option, assess American working conditions and exploitation of workers in the Age of Industry.
- Analyze the role that government played in reforming American working conditions.
- Explain the benefits of the Federal Government regulations of monopolies.
- Analyze which progressive presidents attained economic justice and reform for workers.
Option 2: Who is A Progressive?
Review the following site:
Then, address the following:
- According to Roosevelt, what are the characteristics of a progressive?
- Explain and give examples of the characteristics of “anti-progressives.”
- Trace what types of activities “anti-progressives” engaged in?
- Analyze the goals of progressivism.
- Explain what areas of society progressives addressed?
- Analyze the progressive achievements Roosevelt highlights in his speech?
Option 3: World War I
Review the following resources:
- Link (video): A War to End All Wars: Part 2 (Links to an external site.) (6:56)
- Link (library article): The Treaty of Versailles and the Rise of Nazism (Links to an external site.)
Then, address the following:
- Trace the origins of World War I, and assess if the world war was inevitable in 1914?
- Explain if it was possible for the United States to maintain neutrality in World War I. If yes, explain how. If no, explain why not.
- Analyze if the United States should have entered World War I to make the world safe for democracy.
- Analyze if the Treaty of Versailles was a fair and effective settlement for lasting world peace.
- Explain if the United States Senate should have approved of the Treaty of Versailles.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 3-4 pages (not including title page or references page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page
- In-text citations that correspond with your end references
This activity will be graded based on W5 Case Study Grading Rubric.
Case Study: Who Is a Progressive?
Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th president of the US between 1901 and 1909. Despite remaining the youngest person to ever occupy the office, at only 42 years, many scholars, as well as historians, have affirmed that Roosevelt is deniably the most aggressive and energetic president of the United States. In light of this, he played an imperative of pushing the executives of the country to unprecedented levels (OpenStax, 2019). For Theodore Roosevelt, he had subscribed to the idea that the substantial rise of industrial capitalism in the country was devastating as it had compromised the powers and abilities of the government. Understandably, Roosevelt believed that in order for the United States to move forward, there was a considerable need for the citizens to be progressive. On this understanding, the purpose of this essay is to examine progressives as described by Roosevelt.
Characteristics of a Progressive
In his 1912 speech, Roosevelt indicates that there is a myriad of characteristics of describing a progressive. Firstly, Roosevelt argues that progressive is a person who is fully devoted to forward movement. From this point of view, it is arguable that a progressive is an individual who has a self-drive and intense desire to moving forwards in regard to various aspects within society (Roosevelt, 1912). Roosevelt also articulated that a progressive is an individual who is devoted and motivated to see that all society members are uplifted. By doing this, it becomes possible to significantly enhance their quality of life, as posited by Dalton (2017). In his speech, Roosevelt also asserts that a progressive is characterized by having a strong belief in the ability of the society members. Roosevelt opines that a progressive has a high regard for justice. This implies that a progressive has the ability and willpower to fight for people in the society particularly those who are considered weak.
Characteristics of Anti-progressives
Despite the fact that Roosevelt acknowledges that there are exists progressives in the society, he does not shy away to indicate that there are anti-progressives as well. Taking this….Please click the icon below to purchase full answer at only $10