Unit 5: The Progressive Movement
Frameworks for America's Past

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  Teacher / Student Key: pages 65 - 74

History in Their Own Words:
  1.  Samuel Gompers Defends Labor Unions
  2.  Mother Jones for the Miners
  3.  Henry Ford's Progressive Wage Plan

Historical photo sets

1.  The negative effects of industrialization

2.  Labor unions  

3.  The Homestead steel mill strike  

Women's suffrage (voting rights)  

The temperance movement
History food feature
How milk was made safe to drink
YouTube videos
and Internet sites

Students: Check with your parents for permission before visiting Internet links.
Problems that grew with big industry - late 1800s and early 1900s - segment from The Century: America's Time - Seeds of Change (2 of 3).  Watch from 1:45 to 6:20.

Workplace safety - 1865 to 1920  (a short video about workplace safety reform efforts in the Progressive Era)

The Lawrence Textile Strike  (a video about the famous 1912 strike by textile (cloth) factory workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts)

Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children  (a short video about the famous 1903 march for better laws against child labor)

School House Rock: Sufferin' Till Suffrage  (this fun video explains how women won the right to vote.  "Suffrage" means the right to vote.)

America around 1910  (a short video with scenes of America, rural and urban, in the 1910s)

Music:  The Entertainer  (the famous piano music in the style called ragtime, by African American composer Scott Joplin)

Mainly for teachers The Rise and Fall of Prohibition  This CBS News report has many interesting and surprising facts about the effort to ban alcohol.

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