HIS 206 Week 2 DQ




The Progressive Movement and the Age of Imperialism




Prepare: Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the textbook,  Chapter Nine  of The Jungle, and watch  To Conquer or Redeem .


Reflect: As you learn about American Imperialism and the Progressive Era, think about the relationship between these two historical developments, comparing and contrasting Progressive policies at home with their policies abroad.

Consider the areas of American society and economy in need of reform during the first two decades of the 20th century. Think about the domestic issues on which the Progressive Movement focused, such as food safety, worker’s safety, women’s rights, economic inequality, and taxes. Evaluate their approach to these issues.

Think about the factors that contributed to American Imperialism and America’s expanding role in the world. Consider the importance of the expansion of the Navy, the technological advancements, the need for markets brought on by the Industrial Revolution, and the experience of the peoples in America’s imperial holdings. Take the time to notice President Theodore Roosevelt’s role in promoting American Imperialism. Consider the stances that progressives took on various issues, were these stances consistent with the practice of imperialism?

Consult  The Anatomy of a Discussion Board  as well as  Critical Thinking: A Guide to Skillful Reasoning  as you formulate your response.


Write: After reading Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the textbook,  Chapter Nine  ofThe Jungle, and watching  To Conquer or Redeem , use these sources and the textbook to address the following questions: Analyze the areas that were in need of reform in American Society during the period between 1890 and 1920. Choose one specific issue to focus on. Describe how progressives tried to resolve this issue. Were they successful? Explain why or why not. Examine the approaches progressives took regarding American foreign policy, including the policy of Imperialism. Explain these approaches. Explain why the progressive approach to reform at home was or was not consistent with the practice of imperialism overseas.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Your post should make reference to the required materials with in-text citations. Your references and citations must be formatted according to APA style as outlined by the  Ashford Writing Center .  You may use additional scholarly sources to support your points if you choose.