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Nobody Here But Us Capitalists:  Democracy, Big Business, and Progress at the turn of the 20th century

Day 6 - discuss the platform


Political Cartoons
Illustrating Progressivism
and the Election of 1912

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We went through our assigned reading The Progressive Party Platform (1912) and marked next to each item or idea which of the five historical people would have approved of that item.They took notes on this and turned in the marked reading for credit.

Part of my original plan was to ask, "What were the demands of the Progressive Party?" Make list on board. Then add "What should they also have added?"

I intended to keep this class-generated list for future reference when doing the New Deal and the Great Society. Once again, this activity took longer than I had anticipated. The students could maintain their attention span while we discussed that platform but seemed too tired to generate the creative solutions to society's ills which I had hoped they would. As a result, we did not generate an improvements list.

Before beginning the lesson
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Internet Resources
Worksheet:" Meet the Press"
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Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit

"Nobody Here But Us Capitalists:
Democracy, Big Business, and Progress at the Turn of the 20th Century"

Subject: U.S. History
Grade Level: 11th

Lesson Plan Author:
Elizabeth Haugen
Organization: OUSD