Saturday, March 28, 2009

New Nationalism and New Freedom

Clifford Berryman cartoon depicting candidates for the election of 1912
1. Actively read and summarize the essay "The New Nationalism and the New Freedom: A Study in Contrast" at:

2. How did Roosevelt's New Nationalism and Wilson's New Freedom ideologies compare? Which was more beneficial for Americans in the first decades of the twentienth century?

3. Read the recent Washington Post editorial entitled "Obama's Blank Slate" by Tony Blankley:

According to this article, do Obama's goals seem more like those of Roosevelt or Wilson? How will his efforts resemble these two important "liberal" administrations?

minimum of 250 words total. due monday at the begining of class

Thursday, March 19, 2009

progressive era - key themes

progresive era powerpoint from today's lecture is available for view here:

use this resource to complete the notes and questions from today's session.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Homework for tuesday, March 17th: The Progressive Era

(Image to left: Jane Adams, social reformer and founder of Hull House, 1899.)

For class tomorrow, read the section of Chapter 21 in Out of Many designagted by the first letter of your LAST NAME and follow the directions below. Points will be deducted if you change your group without my permission as it is important that all of the areas be covered in depth for tomorrow's lesson to work well. 

A-C: The Female Dominion and Urban Machines - pp. 724-730
D-H: Journalism and Intellectual Reform - pp. 730-736
I- L: Working Class Experience and Worker's Rights- pp. 736-744
M-Z: Women's movement and the Black Awakening pp. 744-748

Directions for writing assignment: 

1. Answer the focus question on page 723 in 150-250 words (on looseleaf or typed, you're encouraged to post it to the blog but will need a hard copy in class, too - the printer is out)"

 "Discuss the tensions within progressivism between the ideas of social justice and the urge for social control. What concrete achievements are associated with each "wing" of the movement?" 
 (NOTE: focus on the section/ topics you were assigned only for this assignment in your response.)

2. Define 8-10 key terms, reformers, policies, events, works of literature, etc. that come up in your section of the text. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Josiah Strong - Our Country (1885)

Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. (R-MA)

Alfred Thayer Mahan - The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1890)

Queen Liliuokalani

Sanford B. Dole

McKinley Tariff of 1890

"yellow" journalism


William Randolph Hearst

"reconcentration" policy

De Lôme Letter

"Splendid Little War"

Teller Amendment

Rough Riders

Commodore George Dewey

Treaty of Paris (1898)

Foraker Act (1900)

Insular Cases (1901)

Jones Act (1917)

Anti-Imperialist League

José Martí

Cuba libre

Emilio Aguinaldo

Boxer Rebellion

Open Door Notes

John Hay

Rudyard Kipling - "White Man's Burden"

Elihu Root & the Platt Amendment

Friday, March 6, 2009

Nationalist Movements in modern-day Hawaii and Puerto Rico

This week we are exploring the reasons that the US government sought colonial rule over regions of the Caribbean and South Pacific at the turn of the 20th century. The legitimacy of US authority over commonwealths like Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa and even the statehood of Hawaii remain controversial issues in modern society. This week's blog asks that you read some articles on contemporary nationalist movements and analyze the call for independence that is becoming a strong political movement among indigenous people in these areas.

Actively read the following articles on independence movements in Hawaii and Puerto RicoA)Hawaii

B) Puerto Rico
Summarize the articles and explain the reasons why Puerto Rican and Hawaiian nationalists feel their homelands should be granted full independence by the US government.

In your opinion, would autonomy and self-rule benefit the people of Hawaii and Puerto Rico or exacerbate poverty and other problems that exist in these areas today? Explain using support from the article, your knowledge of history and any outside sources that you may use to further research this assignment. If you read other sources, be sure to cite the URL or newssource in your post.

minimum 250 words, please comment on the post of one of your peers.Due Monday 3/9 before class.