Day 2 - Class discussion to define
After some discussion to review where we were at the end
of Day 1, I wrote "yes" and "no" on
the board, and we came up the reasons for each opinion.
Those who said that the slides showed a democracy agreed
that they had said so because there was equal opportunity,
which leads to disparities. Those who said "no"
agreed that the slides did not reflect a democracy because
clearly society c. 1900 did not benefit all the citizens.
- I asked, "So what is the definition of 'democracy'?"
- We agreed that "democracy" means "government
by the people, with the majority ruling." This, of
course, led to:
"So what are these pictures of?"
- We agreed that the slides show "a capitalist society."
This led to the class asking:
- "So what is the difference between a democratic
and a capitalist society?"
- This is where I had wanted them to go, to learn that
"democracy" and "capitalism" are not
synonymous. I simply said, "That is one of the things
we are going to be figuring out."
- I ended the discussion by saying, "At this time,
c. 1900, some people were concerned that there were "people"
with power in the U.S. but that the majority of the "people"
had no power. For tonight, read and hi-light what one
person of the time had to say."
Homework: Read and highlight one of these
five readings (one-page primary source readings found in
the "In-Depth Resources" that accompany The
Americans from Addams, Riis, Tarbell, Carnegie, Steffens).
The AP class read one of eight readings: Tarbell, Addams,
Gompers, George, Carnegie, Sumner, Lloyd, Steffens. (See
If there are 30 to 35 students in the class, there will
be 4 to 6 students who have the same readings. These readings
(See Resources) were handed out
randomly by me. Next year, I would make sure that there
is at least one student who is not shy in each group.