HIS206 week 2- The Progressive Movement and the Age of Imperialism

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After reading Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the textbook, Chapter Nine ofThe Jungle, and watching To Conquer or Redeem,use these sources and the textbook to address the following questions:

  • Analyze the areas that were in need of reform in American Society during the period between 1890 and 1920. Choose one specific issue to focus on.
  • Describe how progressives tried to resolve this issue. Were they successful? Explain why or why not.
  • Examine the approaches progressives took regarding American foreign policy, including the policy of Imperialism. Explain these approaches.
  • Explain why the progressive approach to reform at home was or was not consistent with the practice of imperialism overseas.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Your post should make reference to the required materials with in-text citations. Your references and citations must be formatted according to APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center.

references to use

  • Barnes, L. & Bowles, M. (2014).The American story: Perspectives and encounters from 1877. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
    • Chapter 4: American on the World Stage
    • Chapter 5: The Progressive Era
    • Chapter 6: The First World War


  • Sinclair, U. (1905). Chapter nine. The Jungle. Retrieved from http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5727/
    • The Jungle is a novel written during the Progressive Era that describes the living and working conditions of the urban laborers in the Chicago Stockyards. Although a work of fiction, Upton Sinclair lived in the poor neighborhoods and worked in the meat packing industry while researching this book. Upton Sinclair hoped to bring attention to the poverty endured by the immigrants who worked in the meat packing industry in the early 1900s, but the American public instead focused on the filthy conditions in which their food was processed, prompting President Theodore Roosevelt to push through legislation regulating the food and drug industry. This is a primary source that can be used for discussions, as well as the Week Three Assignment and Final Project.


  • Wood, S. (Writer & Producer). (2010). To conquer or redeem [Series episode]. In G. Lucas (Executive producer), Manifest Destiny. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=… &ref=
    • The full version of this video is available through the Films on Demand database in the Ashford University Library. This video discusses American Imperialism and explains its connection to Manifest Destiny and American exceptionalism. This video has closed captioning.
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