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XII. The Progressives 1900 –1920

1. Analyze and evaluate Booker T. Washington’s program for American Blacks and

W.E.B. DuBois’s challenge to that program. (71)
2. Discuss the development of the women’s suffrage movement and account for its

success. (72)

3. The legal, political, and economic rights achieved by minorities and women in the

United States have come largely during periods of major reform movements, which

both helped the struggle of these groups and set limits to them. Assess the validity

of this statement for the history of one or more of these groups in the period 1830-

1920. (76)
4. Paradoxically, Darwinism provided a justification for both social conservatism and

social reform in the period from 1870-1915. Discuss this statement (77)

5. In American politics the most significant battles have occurred within the major

parties rather than between them. Discuss this statement with reference to the

periods 1850 –1861 and 1900 –1912. (81)
6. The Progressive movement of 1901 to 1917 was a triumph of conservatism rather

than a victory for liberalism. Assess the validity of this generalization. (87)

7. Analyze the ways in which state and federal legislation and judicial decisions,

including those of the Supreme Court, affected the efforts of any TWO of the

following groups to improve their position in society between 1880 and 1920.

African Americans Farmers Workers (93)

8. Although many Americans between 1870 and 1915 blamed political corruption at

the state and local level on public indifference or greedy politicians, such corruption

reflected a serious crisis of traditional institutions in dealing with social and

economic problems of modern America. Assess the validity of this generalization


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