The Progressive Era: A Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Francis J. Sicius
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  • ISBN-10: 1610694481
  • ISBN-13: 9781610694483
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released October 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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The progressive impulse that energized the United States between 1890 and 1920 forever altered the nature of American government and its relation to its citizens. This book was written to reveal the challenges Americans faced during the Progressive Era and to show how their responses helped transform the nation. Combining a narrative on the era with biographies of key participants, significant primary sources, and an annotated bibliography, the topically organized volume offers a lively contextual guide to one of the great turning points in American history. In addition to covering the major political events of the era, the guide provides profiles of prominent Progressive figures such as Eugene V. Debs, Mother Jones, Margaret Sanger, Jacob Riis, and W.E.B. DuBois. Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and the National Progressive Agenda are covered, as are the Muckrakers, the African American struggle for equal rights, the women's suffrage movement, and efforts to better the conditions of factory workers. The guide also details the rise of the American Empire as the United States took its place on the world stage. The most recent historiography is interwoven throughout.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
Series Foreword.
Introduction: The Progressive Era.
1: Farmers and Workers Struggle for Justice.
2: Progressive Politics.
3: The Changing City.
4: Women Raise Their Political Voice.
5: African Americans in the Progressive Age.
6: Literature in the Progressive Age.
7: Religion in the Progressive Age.
8: President Theodore Roosevelt Takes on Big Business, Big Labor, and Conservation.
9: Progressives and Foreign Policy.
10: Analytical Essays.
11: Counterfactual Essay: The Election of 1896.
12: Defining Moments.
13: Perspectives Essay.
14: Primary Document Essay.
15: Notes.
Biographical Essays.
16: Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.
17: Eugene V. Debs (1855–1926).
18: Ray Stannard Baker.
19: Henry Flagler.
20: George Washington Plunkett of Tammany Hall.
21: Victoria Woodhull.
22: Randolph Bourne.
23: Notes.
Primary Documents.
24: Jacob Riis Describes Life among the Urban Poor (1890).
25: William Jennings Bryan: Cross of Gold Speech (1896).
26: Progressive Party Platform (1912).
27: Justice John Marshall Harlan's Dissent to Plessy vs. Ferguson Decision (1896).
28: Booker T. Washington Delivers the 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech.
29: W. E. B. Du Bois, The Philadelphia Negro (1899).
30: Upton Sinclair Exposes the Meat Industry (1906).
31: Samuel McClure Launches the Muckraking Era (1903).
32: Lincoln Steffens, Shame of the Cities (1904).
33: Cary Nation: Crusader for Temperance (1909).
34: Walter Rauschenbusch Calls for a New Age of Christianity (1916).
35: John Muir on the National Parks (1901).
36: Teddy Roosevelt on Trusts (1901).
37: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911).
38: Jane Addams on Suffrage (1909).
39: President Woodrow Wilson's Joint Address to Congress, Leading to a Declaration of War against Germany (1917).
40: Eugene V. Debs Defends Freedom of Speech and the Working Class (1918).
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.