2.9 – The Progressives


PBS, The Progressive Movement

Primary sources on the Progressive Era


The Nation, Famous Progressives

Racial Divisions in the Progressive Era

Discussion questions

Who were the progressives? In which parts of the country did they tend to live? What was their general social and economic background?

What did progressives want? What were some of their various aims?

How did progressives view the expansion of government power in American life?

What role did concern for racial justice play in the progressive movement? What was the relationship between African Americans and the progressive movement?

Identify three male and three female progressives and briefly explain their historical significance.

Optional extra credit essay question:

Who accomplished more in terms of progressive reform during his presidency: Teddy Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson?

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