United States History

The Rise of Labor Unions and The Progressive Movement

Purpose: To trace the rise of labor unions from the middle 1800ís to the present and evaluate their effectiveness. To explore and evaluate the political movements (Grangerism, Populism, and the Progressivism) that formed in order to address the problems caused by industrialization.

Goals: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. define and explain the significance of the labor unions, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts.
    2. explain the reasons behind the conflict between labor and management.
    3. identify the contributions made by prominent journalists, politicians, women, and minorities towards making significant changes in both business and government.
    4. evaluate the effectiveness of labor unions (past and present)
    5. evaluate the successes and failures of the Progressive Movement and the Progressive Presidents.

Skills: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. use the library to conduct research.
    2. write and present a short speech to the class.
    3. read a chart and graph.


Homework Assignments (25 points)

Class Participation: including daily warm-ups, class notes, movie questions, handouts, small group projects (40 points)

Progressive Awards Speech (40 points)

Unit Test (100 points)

Homework: Due on Friday November 30, 2001 (5 points)

Read Chapter 4 Section 4 pg. 167-172. Answer the following questions:

1. Describe some of the early labor unions and their activities.

2. Describe the outcomes of the Haymarket riot, Homestead strike and Pullman Strikes.

3. Name a local union in Davis. Who does this union represent? Why do people choose to belong to it?

Due on Tuesday December 4, 2001 (5 points)

Read Chapter 5 Section 4 pg. 190-195 Answer the following questions:

1. In your own words explain the difference between inflation and deflation.

2. How did farmers organize to protest unfair conditions?

3. Explain the goals of populism, who supported it and its legacy.


Due on Thursday December 6, 2001 (5 points)

Read Chapter 9 Sections 1 pg. 285-289. Answer the following questions

1. Describe the new reform movements that took hold at the turn of the century.

2.Who are muckrakers? What methods do they use to bring about reforms?

3. List the goals that most progressive reformers had in common.


Due on Tuesday December 11, 2001 (5 points)

Read Chapter 9 Section 4 pg. 301-304 Answer the following questions:

1. Describe Susan B. Anthonyís contribution to the suffrage movement.

2. Summarize the different strategies used by women to win the right to vote.

3. What factors lead to women getting the right to vote?


Due on Wednesday December 12, 2001 (5 points)

Read Chapter 28 Section1 pg. 767-783 Answer the following questions:

1. Describe the characteristics of workers earning minimum wage.

2. Explain reasons for and against raising minimum wage. What is your opinion on the issue?

3. Should the federal government protect workers wages? Why or Why not?

Your invitation to the Progressive Awards

The Oscars award excellence in movies. The Grammies award excellence in music. The Espyís award excellence in sports. Now you are invited to a new glamorous and exciting ceremony awarding excellence in social consciousness and political action, the 4th Annual Progressive Awards. At the ceremony, each press agent will make a 2-3 minute introduction of their award winner followed by a 3-4 minute acceptance speech by our winners. Following the ceremony, each winner and press agent will be available for questions from the press corps.

The Nominees include:

John Muir Teddy Roosevelt Jacob Riis

Ida Tarbell Alice Paul Samuel M. Jones

W.E.B. Du Bois Seth Low Hiram Johnson

Upton Sinclair Frances Perkins Robert La Follete



The Directions: Students will work on this project in-groups of three. Each student will have assigned role of Press Agent, Actor/ Actress or Historian. At the end of the project every student in the class will be able to identify the accomplishments of the progressive leaders presented in the ceremony.

The Historianís role: to gather information from the library and Internet about their leader. To write questions to ask the Progressive leaders during the post ceremony conference. To help both the press agent and actor/ actress write their speeches.

The Press Agents role: to provide a biographical introduction of their actor. (2-3 minutes) To work with the historian on writing the speech. To make sure their actor/ actress knows the material and make sure the ceremony goes off smoothly.

The Actor/ Actressí role: to assume the identity of their progressive leader and make a (3-4 minute) acceptance speech. Make sure to thank key people who helped you achieve your goals and make a plea for your cause as well. You will also field short questions during a press conference following the ceremony. Work with the Press Agent and Historian to make sure you are in character and have accurate information.

The Ceremony/ Press Conference: At the actual ceremony you will be provided with a handout so you can capture the main points of the introductions and speeches. The actors and press agents will also be available to answer clarifying questions.


10 points individual grade (use of class time and contribution to the group) You will be asked to fill out a group evaluation rubric.

10 points for the written copies of your introductions and speeches

20 points for the actual presentation including: preparation of accurate material, voice, eye contact, energy, and creativity.

The Progressive Awards take place on Friday December 7, 2001.

Unit Test / Notebook Check on Friday December 14, 2001.