Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Century America's Time: Seeds of Change (Discussion Questions)

How have politics and technology made the twentieth century the “killing century?”

Historians of immigration use a migration theory known as push/pull.  Something “pushes”the immigrant from her homeland and “pulls” her to her new home.  Discuss some of the push/pull factors for immigrants during the great waves of migration in the early twentieth century. 

Discuss the changes and advances in technology during the twentieth century.

Labor conditions at the beginning of the century were dangerous, dirty and miserable.  Why were industrial conditions so bad?  Why did these conditions go unchecked?  Why weren’t workers able to organize and unionize for better conditions? 

What is Progressivism?  How did the Progressive Movement shape early twentieth century history? 

What were Jim Crow laws?  How did these laws go against American ideals?  Why were these laws allowed?

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