Monmouth College
Department of History
Monmouth, Illinois
Fall 2011

 

HIST 250: The Progressive Era

Goals of the Class:

Texts:


Assignments and Class Policies


Schedule of Classes and Assignments

31 Aug: Completion of discussion over Progressivism, ch. 2

2  Sept: A Gilded Age morality tale, told by us (chapters assigned in email sent on 30 August)


5 Sept:  How the Other Half Lives, chapters 1-4, 8, 11-13, 15-16, 20-21

7 Sept:  The photographs of Lewis Hines and Jacob Riis; Gilded Age Illinois (please watch the video on this page--click on the red button in the upper right of the page.

9 Sept:  American Politics in 1900, handout


12 Sept:  American Politics in 1900, handout

14 Sept:  Theodore Roosevelt:  biography

16 Sept: No class--read for next week


19 Sept:  Progressivism, pp. 35-50

21 Sept:  Theodore Roosevelt's thoughts as explained by you

23 Sept: Theodore Roosevelt's thoughts as explained by you, continued


26 Sept:  Discussion over The Jungle

28 Sept:  The Pure Food Laws

30 Sept:  Roosevelt and Foreign Policy as explained by you in five minutes


3 Oct:  Big Stick Diplomacy as explained by you in five minutes

5 Oct:  Foreign Policy Wrap-Up

7 Oct: Children: Labor, Play, Illness, and Child-Saving


10 Oct: Fall Break:  no class

12 Oct:  Race in the Progressive Era

14 Oct: "Lifting as We Climb"


17 Oct:  Progressivism in the States

19 Oct:  Mentoring Day:  no class

21 Oct:  No class: work on research paper


24 Oct:  William Howard Taft: biography

26 Oct: No class: work on research paper

28 Oct: No class: work on research paper


31 Oct: Taft's Progressive Legislation

2 Nov: The 1912 Election

4 Nov:  Women in the Progressive Era


7 Nov: Research help with the research paper from Lynn Daw and Lauren Jensen, Hewes Library

9 Nov: No class:  work on research paper

11 Nov: No class:  work on research paper


14 Nov:  Wilson's Reform Efforts

16 Nov: The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson

18 Nov:  The New Freedom vs. The New Nationalism (refer to Monday's reading)


21 Nov:  Sex and the Progressive Era Topics:

23 Nov:  Thanksgiving Break:  no class

25 Nov: Thanksgiving Break:  no class


28 Nov: Student presentations: 

30 Nov: Native Americans, Football, and Culture in the Progressive Era

2 Dec:  Woodrow Wilson, Ellen Wilson, and Edith Wilson


5 Dec:  Wilson, Foreign Policy, the Coming of World War I

7 Dec:  Final Conclusions about the Progressive Era


The final exam for this class is 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, 13 December.  Neither the date nor the time of the final may be changed.