Unit 8: Imperialism, Progressivism, and wwi (1890-1920) period 7: (1890-1945) time frame: 5 weeks) Tentative Exam Date and Due Date March 10

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UNIT 8: Imperialism, Progressivism, and WWI (1890-1920)

PERIOD 7: (1890-1945)
TIME FRAME: (2.5 weeks) Tentative Exam Date and Due Date March 10th/11th (Day B)/(Day A) for HIPPOS, Presidency Charts, Long-Essay Question, and Terms/IDs. PACE YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY- LAST WEEK OF UNIT PLAN SHOULD BE STRICTLY REVIEW!!
Big Picture:

From 1890 to 1920, the United States became increasingly active and aggressive in world affairs. The Progressive movement partially succeeded in improving life for average Americans by curbing big business, making the government more responsive to the will of the people, and enacting social welfare legislation. President Woodrow Wilson tries to reinforce these beliefs at the end of WWI.

Essential Question: What were the consequences of American economic and political expansion domestically and internationally?

Diversity, American identity, culture, demographic changes, economic transformations, environment, politics and citizenship, reform, globalization, war and diplomacy

Required Reading:

Chapters 20-22 in AMSCO Book

PowerPoint organization: Ch.21 Imperialism; Ch.22 Progressivism; Ch.23 WWI
Primary Sources for HIPPOS analysis:

Declaration of War; William McKinley

Strategic Reasons for American Expansion: The “Big Navy” Argument; Alfred Thayer Mahan

New Nationalism; Theodore Roosevelt } These sources are on

New Freedom; Woodrow Wilson } the same PDF file
Presidency Charts:

Complete a presidency chart on: William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson

Long-Essay Question (LEQ/LAQ/LRQ):

Assess the relative influence of THREE of the following in the American decision to declare war on Germany in 1917.

  • German naval policy

  • American economic interests

  • Woodrow Wilson’s idealism

  • Allied propaganda

  • America’s claim to world power


Women’s roles: family, workplace, education, politics, and reform

Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson as Progressive presidents

Origins of Progressive reform: municipal, state, and national

Agrarian discontent and political issues of the late nineteenth century

American imperialism: political and economic expansion

War in Europe and American neutrality

The First World War at home and abroad

Treaty of Versailles

Society and economy in the postwar years


  1. “new manifest destiny”

  2. Maximilian of Mexico

  3. Pan-Americanism

  4. Venezuela Boundary Dispute, 1895-96

  5. Queen Liliuokalani

  6. reconcentration

  7. “Butcher” Weyler

  8. Commodore George Dewey

  9. Battle of Manila Bay

  10. Emilio Aguinaldo

  11. “Rough Riders”

  12. Treaty of Paris, 1899

  13. Anti-Imperialist League

  14. “splendid little war”

  15. Open Door Policy

  16. “spheres of influence”

  17. Secretary of State John Hay

  18. “gunboat diplomacy”

  19. “Colossus of the North”

  20. San Francisco School Board Incident

  21. Panama Canal Tolls Act

  22. plutocracy

  23. Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire

  24. Robert La Follette

  25. “Wisconsin Experiment”

  26. Republican “Old Guard”

  27. Australian Ballot/secret ballot

  28. commission system

  29. Bureau of Corporations

  30. Newlands Reclamation Act, 1902

  31. Panic of 1907

  32. “rule of reason”

  33. “New Nationalism”

  34. “Bull-Moose” Party

  35. “New Freedom”

  36. Eugene Debs, Socialist party

  37. Louis Brandeis

  38. Adkins v. Children’s Hospital, 1923

  39. Carrie Chapman Catt, “Winning Plan”

  40. Alice Paul

  41. Jeannette Rankin

  42. Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

  43. Chicago Race Riot, 1919

  44. D.W. Griffith, Birth of a Nation

  45. Ku Klux Klan

  46. eugenics

  47. Central Powers, Triple Alliance

  48. Allies, Triple Entente

  49. Britain’s naval blockade

  50. Sussex Ultimatum

  51. unrestricted submarine warfare

  52. “Make the world safe for democracy”

  53. “War to end all wars”

  54. Creel Committee, Committee on Public Information

  55. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  56. The “Great Migration” of African Americans

  57. voluntary compliance

  58. Bond drives, Liberty Loans

  59. Archangel expedition

  60. Western Front

  61. General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing

  62. Meuse-Argonne Offensive

  63. Paris Peace Conference

  64. Big Four

  65. mandates

  66. Article 231

  67. “self-determination”

  68. “Irreconcilables”

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