Month: January 2014

AP: Muckraking reading and podcast (Due Feb. 4)

I have given you a couple of options for reading in this assignment. If you are not able to listen to the podcast, I have a reading on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire that I can give you. You will need to listen to the podcast and choose ONE of the muckracking readings I have listed. I don’t need a lengthy summary of the reading or the podcast. I want you to write your impressions of what you heard and read. Journal style. A half page for each is sufficient.

Podcast on Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Muckraking – the jungle

Muckraking – Ida B. Wells


AP: Study Guide Ch. 27 ID Quiz



Yellow Press; Josiah Strong; AT Mahan; Reasons for American expansion; Causes of Spanish-American War; TR “rough riders” and the war; Platt Amendment and US involvement in Cuba (pg. 640); Emilio Aguinaldo and Filipino revolt (pg. 642); John Hay and Open Door Policy (pg. 642-643); Boxer Rebellion (pg. 643); Acquiring rights to Panama Canal (pg. 648); Roosevelt Corollary (pg. 650); TR’s Nobel Peace Prize (pg. 650); Gentlemen’s Agreement (pg. 651)

AP: Tuesday test

I forgot to post these IDs . I will go over these tomorrow. These will only have to be a couple of sentences. Much shorter than usual.

Dumbbell Tenements

Horizontal and Vertical integration

Gospel of Wealth

Credit Moblier

Thomas Nast

Compromise of 1877

Haymarket Square Riots

Horatio Alger stories

Preventing labor for organizing

Social Darwinism

The Trust

Company Towns

Building the Transcontinental Railroad

Hells on Wheels

JP Morgan

Standard Oil Company

Old and New Immigrants

Attraction of urban life

Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst

Social Gospel

Jim Crow Laws


Characteristics of presidents during the period

Am. Gov. Current Events 1/13 – 1/17

After I read through this story about ‘Teen Mom,’ I started to wonder if other TV shows have similar effects. Here is the story: CNN story on effects of ‘Teen Mom’ show

Here is an explainer on a scandal that broke over the break. Causing traffic jams for spite is apparently not looked upon kindly in New Jersey. Read about it here Chris Christie bridge scandal

This is a story about West Virginia and the contamination of the water supply around its largest city W. Va. water shows signs of improving

AP: ‘A People’s History…’ Reading Assignment

Let me preface this reading assignment with the following: This is an extremely pointed and critical look at American history that if you accepted wholeheartedly would make you bitter, jaded, and no fun to be around. It’s a book written about history from the bottom up: how the average, overlooked, and exploited experienced history. I love this book, but know that Zinn is one of many voices competing to create an understanding of our past.

I have posted an excerpt from the chapter on what were are currently studying. People’s History Ch.11 This scan has my highlights (that usually helps). Have the following questions answered and ready to turn in on the day after MLK day (1.21.14)

Answer 10 of the following questions. Your answers don’t have to be long rehashings of the chapter. They need to be thoughtful and that you have done the reading.

  1. What were some of the things Zinn describes as necessary for the transformation of America to have taken place following the Civil War?
  2. Is the Horatio Alger story true for most of the major figures from this period? Does that even matter?
  3. What do we learn about each of the transcontinental railroad and these key figures from the period: JP Morgan, Rockefeller, and Carnegie?
  4. The government was supposedly hands-off, laissez faire, survival of the fittest, help will only enable the poor and weak. The reality was quite different, according to Zinn. How would you describe the relationship between government and business, especially in the area of labor unions?
  5. Referring to the top of pg. 253, how does Cleveland’s handling of the Texas drought strike you given what you have read in the preceding pages?
  6. Explain how the 14th Amendment’s purpose was distorted in order to benefit corporations.
  7. Acres of Diamonds: and people thought Mitt Romney’s 47% remark was elitist? Please.
  8. What purpose did high schools suddenly serve in the new economy?
  9. Pg. 259 begins a section on the immigrant experience. What stuck with you after reading this section?
  10. The struggles of labor and the violence associated with strikes and disputes is one of the reasons I chose this chapter. It’s a part of the period that is often glossed over. Briefly describe the events at Haymarket square (pg. 265-267)
  11. There was labor conflict in the south. I didn’t know this. Kind of assumed it was another northern thing that Southerners rejected. What were some of the ways Tennessee found it was into this chapter?
  12. The Homestead Strike was one of the bloodiest of the period. What brought about the strike and what was the result of the fight between strikers and Pinkerton agents?