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We now know that war broke out in Europe in 1914, with the entire continent being affected by the “war to end all wars.” The United States did not get involved militarily until 1917, however. Did they need need to join in the fray “over there”? On Monday, we will discuss American involvement in the war. To prepare, you should also complete “Should America Enter the Great War”?” using the handout from class and the Advice for Mr. Wilson website.
Once you are done … do me (and yourself) a big favor and either go to this link http://cy.tl/1fkuqkt to sign up for class updates or text @Historians1314 to 23559. You may have to create an account on Celly, but this will let me text you all much easier ….
Hopefully you have a decent idea about the origins of the Great War – The War to End All Wars – WORLD WAR I. Please review the material below and use War Breaks Out in Europe DOC PDF to get a better understanding about the long term causes of the war in Europe – and maybe think of some questions! Want some more info? Check out …
- The videos for the four MAIN causes of the war in Europe -Militarism / Alliances / Imperialism / Nationalism
- A great animated map that gives an overview of the short term cause of the war – the assassination!
- An AWESOME three part video on the assassination of the Archduke from the BBC - Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
- A map that provides a simple timeline of the path to war in Europe
Now that we have debated the expansion of the US during the turn of the century, your task is to write TWO PARAGRAPHS regarding the essential questions on imperialism. In one paragraph, you will be supporting American imperialism. In the other paragraph, you will oppose American imperialism. The requirements are as follows:
- Each paragraph must be typed and double spaced. The paragraphs can be on the same document.
- Each paragraph should stand alone – you do not need to link them.
- Make sure you have a topic sentence with a THESIS ands key idea words. DO NOT simply use “America should have / should not have been an imperial nation for many reasons”. Develop a KEY IDEA, and have all of your supporting details relate to the key idea.
- DO NOT USE “for many reasons” AS YOUR THESIS!
- Make sure your details are actually specific. Use your background knowledge and the information from today’s class to come up with excellent supporting details.
- Do not simply list the information from your notes. Come up with an original thought or two.
- Pay attention to the 6 traits of writing – ideas, voice, organization, word choice, fluency, and conventions
- DO NOT USE FIRST PERSON!
While the US was pushing for reform at home, the country was also expanding abroad in the era of IMPERIALISM. Should the US have been an imperial nation? That’s our essential question! How will we answer it? Read on …
You can begin examining the various aspects of American imperialism by working on America’s Overseas Expansion. Get the basic overview of these topics using the video clips below.
Want even more detail? Use this ABC-CLIO research list (usmstudent, historyrules).
This weekend, you can learn more about the central event involving imperial America – the Spanish American War. Use the notesheet provided DOC PDF and the SpanAmWar voicethread to investigate this crucial conflict in 1898.
We will have a debate in class on Tuesday, and you have a side assigned and a topic of focus. Use the Imperialism Debate Site to complete your Debate Preparation Sheet. Remember, the best debater is the prepared debater … and you will be evaluated on your preparation as well as your argument! You will have class time to Monday to prepare.
The Progressive Era was a time when various people pushed for reforms in society at the local, state, and national level. The movement wasn’t completely united, and therefore not completely successful, but it did make some changes that are still part of American society today. In this activity, you will use the materials available here to develop a great overview of the Progressive Era in words, quotes, and images.
THE PROGRESSIVES IN A NUTSHELL document
WORDS – Using the first letters in the word “REFORMERS”, develop complete and complex sentences that summarize general and specific aspects of the Progressive Era. For example …
IMAGES – Using hand drawn or small clips or photos, create a collage of images that support the overview of the Progressive Era. the images can link to your sentences or be independent as long as they are obviously part of the Era. A caption may help! For example …
QUOTES – Select a couple of quotes that represent the Progressives and their ideas. They can be from individuals, documents, or historians – but don’t just take any old quote from Teddy Roosevelt! For example …
Huge Overview from Digital History, University of Houston
The Progressive Era Presidents
- Corporation and Labor Reform video (usmstudent, wildcats) from Discovery Education
- Labor in Progressive Era Politics from Shmoop – (I like saying that- it’s fun)
- Child Labor from the History Channel
- The Miners Strike video (usmstudent, wildcats) from Discovery Education
- Patent Medicines – Preying on Ignorance from us history.org
- Pure Food and Drug Act: A Muckraking Triumph from us history.org
- Topics in Chronicling America – Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906
- Meat Inspection Act – Power of the Pen from us history.org
- Images for Federal Meat Inspection Act from Google
- Women’s Suffrage in the Progressive Era from the Library of Congress
- Congress passes the 19th Amendment — History.com This Day in History
- The Fight for Women’s Suffrage
- 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
Challenges to Democracy
- Government Regulation
- Initiative and referendum – Ballotpedia
- Recall - Ballotpedia
- What Is a Direct Primary Election? | eHow.com
- 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators (1913)
Uneven Distribution of Wealth
- Income Tax
- The Progressive Income Tax video (usmstudent, wildcats)
- 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913)
- Prohibition from the History Channel
- Prohibition and the Temperance Movement video (usmstudent, wildcats) from Discovery Education
We will begin a very brief Unit 6, young historians, in which we will see Modern American Emerge. The problems created in the Gilded Age will be (somewhat) solved by the Progressives, the US will look beyond North America as it becomes an imperial power, and the country will find itself in the midst of a global conflict – the Great War. Check pout some of the books and movies you can watch!
Your assignment tonight is to begin your Unit 6 notebook (it will be a quick one) and get going on a one day overview of the Progressive Era. What should be done about the problems caused by the rise of industry and big business in the late 1800s? How should America respond? To get the basics, your task is to watch America in 20th Century – The Progressive Era (usmstudent, wildcats) and use the handout to check for the main ideas, topics, and people. No writing involved, since the video is around 25 minutes. We will have a drive by of the Progressives in class tomorrow!
It seems like just yesterday that we put on the spur and drove the cattle on the long drive … how time flies when you are loving history! To close the unit, you have a quiz on the growth of industry and all of the good (or not so good) things that came along with it. You can make sure your Unit 5 notebooks are in order while you study!
You should also make sure that you have your THREE articles posted about DIFFERENT topics for the unit. Your articles will be evaluated by …
- if they are current (2013-2014)
- if you summarize the article completely
- if you make a clear and well explained application to Unit 5
- if they fit the assignment (news articles, no repeats, at least one industry and one West)
As we discuss immigration today, use the back channel chat to develop your opinion about some of the following issues …
- path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
- border security
- citizenship for young immigrants
Now, what’s your opinion on immigration reform? Let one of your Congresspeople know! Type up your opinion, double check it for spelling and grammar, and send it off to Senator Baldwin, Senator Johnson, Representative Moore, Representative Petri, or Representative Sensenbrenner.