The paradox of segregation and World War 1

  1. How and why had American national identity changed by 1900?
  2. What were the key questions revolving around American freedom and equality by 1900?
  3. What is the profile of the progressives? Why were women so active in the progressive movement? What motivated the progressives?
  4. Why did Jane Addams get involved in reform? Why did she turn to politics?
  5. What was the social gospel? How did the social purity movement attack vice? Who was Margaret Sanger and what did she attempt to do? How did Sanger’s work illustrate a paradox of progressivism?
  6. How did W.E.B. DuBois, the Niagara Movement, and the NAACP try to secure rights for African Americans? Why did other progressives favor segregation?
  7. How and why could progressives be radical and centrist simultaneously?
  8. Why was the Triangle Fire so deadly? What were the consequences of the Triangle Fire? Why and how did Frances Perkins get involved?
  9. How and why did local and state politicians push reform? Why benefitted from their efforts? What were the limits on local and state reform?
  10. How and why did President Theodore Roosevelt use antitrust suits to control the power of big business? What were the consequences of his “trust busting?”
  11. How did Roosevelt handle the 1902 coal strike? How did he deal with railroad regulation? What does the “Square Deal” mean?
  12. Who were the muckrakers? How did Jacob Riis expose urban living conditions? How did Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle help shape reform? Why was the Pure Food and Drug Act important?
  13. What factors shaped Roosevelt’s approach to conservation? How did Gifford Pinchot and John Muir influence his views and actions? How and why did Roosevelt’s policies on natural resources have lasting repercussions?
  14. What significant reforms occurred under Woodrow Wilson’s presidency?
  15. How did progressives deal with child labor? What obstacles did they face?
  16. How and why did progressives and their reforms transform America? What were the limits of progressivism? What was the legacy of progressive reform?
  17. Why did a major war break out in Europe in 1914? Who was fighting whom?
  18. Why did the U.S. declare neutrality? What were the advantages of being neutral? Why and how did the U.S. neutrality favor the Allies?
  19. How was U.S. neutrality violated? What was important about the sinking of the Lusitania and German submarine warfare in general?
  20. Why did Germany declare unrestricted submarine warfare in early 1917? What was important about the Zimmerman Telegram? In the end why did the U.S. enter the war on the side of the Allies?
  21. How did the U.S. increase the size of its armed forces? How were recruits trained?
  22. How and why were American forces important to the Allied victory in the European war? What was the cost of war in terms of lives lost?
  23. What steps did the Progressives take to manage the war mobilization at home? How did the war affect U.S. workers?
  24. How and why was the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments connected to the war effort? What was important about these amendments?
  25. What did WWI mean for African Americans? Why did so many African Americans migrate to Northern industrial centers? How were they received in the North? What was important about this “great migration?”
  26. Why was the Committee on Public Information created? What did it do? How was anti-German sentiment expressed inside the U.S.?
  27. How were dissenters treated during the war? How could they express their opinions? What was important about the Espionage Act and Sedition Act?
  28. How and why did President Wilson use the Fourteen Points to shape the peace? How did Allied leaders view Wilson and his idealism?
  29. What were the main points of the Treaty of Versailles? Why were many disappointed with it?
  30. Why did Wilson fail to gain the Senate’s ratification of the Treaty of Versailles? Why was joining the League of Nations so controversial? Why was the failure of the U.S. to join the League so important?
  31. In summary, how and why did the U.S. enter and participate in WWI? What was the legacy of the war and of Woodrow Wilson?
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