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The Brief American Pageant , Sixth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Mel Piehl, Valparaiso University
Suggested Lecture Topics
Chapter 29
Developing The Chapter: Suggested Lecture Or Discussion Topics


  • Analyze the roots of progressivism and the various elements that made up the progressive coalition. Show particularly the role of muckraking journalists and female reformers in arousing public opinion in favor of reform.

    REFERENCE: William L. O'Neill, The Progressive Years: America Comes of Age (1975).

  • Examine the critical role of women in progressive reform, and show how their efforts were largely-although not entirely-focused and successful in areas that seemed consistent with their social roles as protectors and nurturers of the family.

    REFERENCE: Robyn Muncy, Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform (1991).

  • Discuss consumer protection and environmental conservation as examples of "middle-class" concerns that progressivism and progressive political leaders like Roosevelt promoted.

    REFERENCES: Elmo Richardson, The Politics of Conservation (1968); James Harvey Young, Pure Food: Securing the Federal Food and Drug Act of 1906 (1989).

  • Discuss the contrast between Roosevelt's regulatory New Nationalism and Wilson's more libertarian New Freedom in the campaign of 1912.

    REFERENCE: Morton Keller, Regulating a New Economy: Public Policy and Economic Change in America, 1900-1933 (1990).



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