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American History Questions

What caused a need for political and social reform in the late 1800s?
rapid industrialization
What was a major goal of Progressives during the Progressive Era?
regulating business practices
During the Progressive Era, what did new business regulations focus on?
monopolies
What group of people worked to inform the public about injustices of the Progressive Era?
muckrakers
How did muckrakers influence the Progressive movement at the turn of the century?
by bringing important social issues to light
What was one main goal of Progressives in the late 1800s and early 1900s?
enact reforms in social policy
What describes muckraker Lincoln Steffens’s goal?
to expose and reform corruption in politics
What describes why Progressives worked to reform the meat-packing industry in the early 1900s?
the industry used unsafe manufacturing practices
What describes the Progressives’ view on conservation?
they supported conservation to preserve the environment’s beauty
How did Progressives want to reform education during the Progressive Era?
by requiring children to attend school
What was a common goal of the Populists and the Progressives during the Progressive Era?
government regulation of business
What is one reason that Progressives tried to eliminate child labor in the United States?
children worked long hours in unsafe conditions
What was a success of the Progressive movement?
passing laws that protected child workers
What was a result of the Progressive Party’s focus on protecting consumers?
the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906
What was an important labor reform during the Progressive Era?
securing workers’ compensation
What legislation discouraged businesses from using child labor during the Progressive Era?
the Keating-Owen Act
In which area were the Progressives unsuccessful?
eliminating child labor
How did the Supreme Court limit the success of reform during the Progressive Era?
the court sometimes repealed laws or parts of laws that concerned reform
What was the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Lochner v. New York?
the progressive movement suffered a setback because a state law that limited the workday to ten hours was struck down
What describes the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Lochner v. New York?
the supreme court found that states could not intervene in limiting the length of a workday
In the case Lochner v. New York, who did the Supreme Court rule could determine the length of the workday?
the employers and employees
Who was a muckraker?
a reporter who wrote about corruption and crime in industry and governent
Who first applied the term muckraker to journalism?
President Theodore Roosevelt
In How the Other Half Lives, what does Jacob Riis expose?
the harsh living conditions in New York City slums
What describes a major effect of Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle?
it created a controversy that influenced President Roosevelt to take action
How did Ida Tarbell help end the Standard Oil monopoly?
she wrote a series of articles exposing the corruption of standard oil
What did Ida B. Well’s book The Red Record expose?
exposed the horrors of lynching in America
What did Ida B. Wells work to end through her muckraking articles?
lynching of and discrimination against African Americans

Read the quotation by Theodore Roosevelt: “There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muck rake; and there are times and places where this service is the most needed of all the services that can be performed…The men with the muck rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society.”

According to this quotation, what describes Roosevelt’s view on journalism?

writers who expose corruption perform a vital service to America
How did Jacob Rii’s How the Other Half Lives shock the American public?
powerful photographs depicting conditions in city slums
What is an example of muckraking disguised as a work of fiction?
The Octopus by Frank Norris
What was a corrupt business practice that Frank Norris exposed in The Octopus?
railroad companies selling land to farmers and secretly keeping legal ownership of the land

Read the quotation from Lincoln Steffens’s The Shame of the Cities: “My purpose was…to see if the shameful facts, spread out in all their shame, would not burn through our civic shamelessness and set fire to American pride.”

According to Steffens, what was the purpose of muckraking journalism?

to encourage people to take action against widespread corruption
What describes Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, and Frank Norris’s impact on journalism?
they were among the first to publicize immoral, corrupt practices of large industries
What describes how muckrakers brought about reform in the Progressive Era?
muckrakers presented Americans with facts about corruption in industry and government that promted them to demand change
What was an unintended result of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle?
laws were passed to ensure food and drug safety
What describes the main way that Upon Sinclair gathered research for The Jungle?
he went undercover as a worker in a meat packing plant

Read the quotation from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle: “There would be meat that had tumbled out on the floor, in the dirt and sawdust, where the workers had tramped and spit uncounted billions of consumptive germs.”

What describes the American public’s reaction to reading The Jungle?

the public was outraged and demanded legislative reform from the government
What was President Roosevelt’s first reaction to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle?
disbelief and distrust of Sinclair’s claims
When government inspectors investigated the claims made by Upton Sinclair in The Jungle, what did they find?
slaughterhouse conditions were even worse than Sinclair had reported
What aspect of Upton Sinclair’s life explains his reasons for writing The Jungle?
his socialist politics
What impact did Sinclair’s book have on the era of Progressive reform?
the jungle showed that if the public was informed about a certain issue, it had the power to demand reform from the government
Starting in the 1800s, what did members of the suffragist movement in the United States focused on?
women’s right to vote
In the early 1800s, why did society consider temperance to be a “respectable” cause for female reformers?
because this issue related to community welfare and family
What government action prompted the organization of two women’s suffrage groups in 1869?
the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment
What marked the achievement of a long-held suffragist goal in the early 1900s?
the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution
What describes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony?
two women who formed the National Woman Suffrage Association
How did the role of women during World War 1 affect the suffragist movement?
women served as nurses and ambulance drivers during the war, convincing people to support their right to vote
What was the main difference between the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA)?
the NWSA worked for a constitutional amendment granting suffrage; the AWSA fought for suffrage at the state level
What describes Carrie Chapman Catt’s “Winning Plan” to achieve national women’s suffrage?
to win women’s suffrage in as many states as possible while campaigning Congress to pass a constitutional amendment
What describes the causes women reformers and activists focused on before the suffragist movement?
temperance, abolition of slavery, and education for women and girls
Why did the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1869 prompt the formation of two major suffrage organizations?
it granted formerly enslaved people the right to vote, while women were still denied this right
What is considered to be the first major event of the women’s movement?
the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention
What was the goal of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s National Woman suffrage Association?
the passage of a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote
In the early 1800s, what issues did female reformers focus on?
temperance, abolition, and women’s access for education
What shows the correct order of events in women’s suffrage?
suffrage in some Eastern states, Catt’s “Winning Plan,” the Nineteenth Amendment
How did the 1840 World’s Anti-Slavery Convention affect the women’s suffrage movement?
women were not allowed to fully participate in the convention; this led several key female activists to shift their focus to women’s right
What did Margaret Sanger’s appeal of her 1916 arrest result in?
legalization of doctors prescribing contraceptives and discussing family planning with patients
What did Ukrainian immigrant Clara Lemlich accomplish in 1909?
better working conditions for female garment workers in New York City
What describes the result of the Uprising of the Twenty Thousand?
factory owners agreed to increase worker’s wages and shorten the work week
What did Emma Hart Willard accomplish in 1826?
she founded the first all-girls high school in the US
What describes Margaret Sanger?
she advocated for women’s health and helped educate women about birth control and family planning
What is Elizabeth Cady Stanton most noted for?
helping draft the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments
In 1833, what did Oberlin College become the first US college to do?
admit women on equal terms with men
Who was the woman who opened the first birth-control clinic in the United States?
Margaret Sanger
What describes the relationship between Jim Crow laws and the “separate but equal” doctrine?
Jim Crow laws were designed to enforce this doctrine by requiring racial segregation for public facilities
Despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, southern states implemented Jim Crow laws, what were they designed to do?
prevent African Americans from gaining equality
What directly violated the intent of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution?
poll taxes

Read the quotation from Booker T. Washington’s 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech: “Progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing.”

In this quotation, what view is Washington is expressing?

the government cannot legislate equality
Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned in 1954, what was decided by the Supreme Court?
racial segregation was unconstitutional
During the Jim Crow era, why did southern states impose poll taxes and literacy tests?
prevent African Americans from exercising their right to vote

Read the quotation from Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, recalling his childhood under Jim Crow: “Even on our way to school some days, men would come by and throw oranges at us, sometimes rock perhaps. We [also] were very much aware of police brutality in that city at that time. We were conscious of the Ku Klux Klan riding around the town to keep everybody in check.”

In this quotation, what is Dr. Bronson describing?

intimidation, scare tactics, and violence perpetrated by both the police and the Ku Klux Klan against African American citizens
Jim Crow laws, a set of racist and discriminatory rules and regulations against African Americans, where were they enacted?
in the South starting in the mid- to late 1800s
What did the court case Plessy v. Ferguson challenge the legality of?
racially segregated train cars
In upholding Louisiana’s Separate Car Act, what did the Supreme Court claim?
segregation did not constitute discriminaion
In 1892, why was Homer Plessy arrested?
sitting in a “whites only” rail car
In the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, what did Supreme Court justices claim that the Fourteenth Amendment did not protect?
social rights

Read the quotation from Justice John Marshall Harlan in his Plessy v. Ferguson dissent in 1896: “Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.”

How were the views Harlan expressed in this quotation used later in the Supreme Court?

later adopted by the Supreme Court in the Brown v. Board of Education decision
What would supporters of the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling most likely have agreed with?
that “separate but equal” was a valid legal doctrine
What did the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision rule about Louisiana’s Separate Car Act?
helped maintain public peace and good order
What did Booker T. Washington believe that the best strategy to end racial segregation?
adapt to it as they worked to gain equality

Read the quotation from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery: An Autobiography; “Every persecuted individual and race should get much consolation out of the great human law, which is universal and eternal, that merit, no matter under what skin found, is, in the long run, recognized and rewarded.”

How does this quotation relate to Washington’s theory of accommodation?

he believed that in a merit-based society, hard work and patience would lead to racial equality
What did Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute eventually grow into?
grew from a small school into a university

Read the quotation from Booker T. Washington’s 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech:”In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.”

What describes the view Washington is expressing in this quotation?

maintaining an individual and racial identity does not mean all people cannot work together
What did Booker T. Washington believe that African American accommodation to segregation should be accompanied by?
hard work, self-improvement, and patience
What describes Booker T. Washington?
a civil rights leader who was born into slavery and later worked to achieve racial equality
What describes how muckrakers brought about reform in the Porgressive Era?
Muckrakers presented Americans with facts about corruption in industry and government that prompted them to demand change
What was a major goal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when it was formed in 1909?
to end segregation
In the early 1900s, what federal legislation did the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People strongly push for?
ban the practice of lynching
Following the Springfield race riots of 1908, journalist William English Walling called on his fellow Americans to “revive the abolitionist spirit,” what did it lead to the development of?
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
What man’s belief was The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People founded on?
W.E.B. Du Bois
What leader helped to form the Niagra movement?
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois was a sociologist and activist who:
fought for the political and social rights of African Americans
What describes a major problem faced by the Niagra movement?
lack of organizational structure
What describes W.E.B. Du Bois’s opinion of Booker T. Washington’s accommodationist approach?
it reinforced segregation and discrimination
What describes a similarity between W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington?
both supported full racial equality
While Booker T. Washington believed in an accommodationist approach to racial equality, what did W.E.B. Du Bois believe in?
actively working to achieve civil rights for all
What leader in the early 1900s supported the idea that African Americans should temporarily accept inequality while working to gain job skills and obtain economic independence?
Booker T. Washington

Read the quotation by W.E.B. Du Bois: “We refuse to allow the impression to remain that the Negro-American assents to inferiority, is submissive under oppression and apologetic before insults.”

In this quotation, Du Bois disagrees with Booker T. Washington’s accommodationist approach because Du Bois is expressing what?

temporarily accepting discrimination will not lead to equality

Read the quotation from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery: “No One section of our country was wholly responsible for its introduction, and, besides, it was recognized and protected for years by the General Government. Having once got its tentacles fastened on to the economic and social life of the Republic, it was no easy matter for the country to relieve itself of the institution.”

On what point would Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois agree?

slavery has lasting and extensive effects on every aspect of American society
What did Marcus Garvey advocate for?
Pan Africanism, which was a movement to unify all people of African descent

Read the quotation by Marcus Garvey: “The only wise thing for us ambitious Negroes to do, is to…build up for the race a mighty nation of our own in Africa. And this race of ours that cannot get recognition and respect in the country where we were slaves, by using our own ability, power and genius, would develop for ourselves in another country in our habitat a nation of our own.”

Based on the quotation, what describes Garvey’s view on the best way for African Americans to gain “respect and recognition?”

to return to Africa and form a new country
When Marcus Garvey was in his twenties, he toured Central America and witnessed the oppression of migrant workers, how did the experience inspire him?
inspired his support of Pan Africanism and his political activism
How did Marcus Garvey define self-reliance?
economic independence
Why did W.E.B. Du Bois call Marcus Garvey “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America?”
Garvey’s views promoted racial separation
In order to help African Americans in the US gain economic independence, what was founded by Marcus Garvey?
Black Star Line and the Negro Factories Association
What describes the outcome of the 1913 case Guinn v U.S.?
the case was a victory for the NAACP because it overturned a law that would have limited African American voting rights
What describes the purpose of the Niagra movement?
to support social and political rights for African Americans
Who served as president of the United States from 1901 to 1909?
Theodore Roosevelt
How did Theodore Roosevelt earn the Congressional Medal of Honor?
by leading a successful cavalry charge against the Spanish
What summarizes the achievements or career of Theodore Roosevelt?
he was elected many different positions and had a broad range of interests
What early experiences led Theodore Roosevelt appreciate the natural world?
as a young boy, he read books about natural history
What job did Theodore Roosevelt compare the role of a president to?
steward
What did Theodore Roosevelt believe that the only checks on presidential power were?
the Constitution and Congress
What was the name of Theodore Roosevelt’s solution for dealing with different groups called?
the Square Deal
What was the guiding principle of Roosevelt’s Square Deal?
Roosevelt would treat Americans with fairness and respect
During the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, how did the US government protect businesses?
by breaking up a railroad trust
How did Theodore Roosevelt’s Square Deal help the environment?
by preserving the nation’s forests
What was a result of Theodore Roosevelt’s philosophy about conservation?
the creation of national parks
What did President Roosevelt create to help end the Coal Strike of 1902?
a commission
What was a reason that Roosevelt sued the Northern Securities Company?
Northern Securities controlled all rail service between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest
How did the Elkins Act and the Hepburn Act regulate railroads?
outlawing rebates to the largest customers and setting railroad rates
What were two of Theodore Roosevelt’s major successes in protecting consumers?
the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act
In what area did Theodore Roosevelt fail to enact reforms?
child labor
In regard to regulating companies, what did Roosevelt want them to serve?
the public in the best way possible
What issues caused Roosevelt to seek a “square deal” for the environment in 1900?
deforestation
What was an important environmental debate in the United States in 1900?
whether to use wilderness resources
What was a direct result of the Newlands Reclamation Act?
creation of suitable areas for farming or ranching
Roosevelt’s positions on conservation and the environment are best characterized as what?
Progressive
What is a legacy of Roosevelt’s environmental policies?
national parks and forests
What did Conservative Republicans want to use tariffs to protect American industry from?
foreign competition
Progressive and conservative republicans disagreed on what in the early 1900s?
the role of the US governemnt
Why did many conservative Republicans oppose conservation efforts in the early 1900s?
they wanted to use natural resources for business purposes
To which post did Theodore Roosevelt appoint William Howard Taft in 1904?
secretary of war
What position did Taft hold after his presidency?
Supreme Court justice
Why did Taft’s opponent in the 1908 presidential race claim that Taft was running two campaigns?
Taft campaigned as a progressive Republican in the West and a conservative Republican in the East
Why were Theodore Roosevelt and his supporters disappointed in Taft’s presidency?
Taft was less progressive than they had hoped
What was a major progressive business reform that President Taft enacted?
breaking up large monopolies
What reform was advocated by Theodore Roosevelt and later established by Taft?
the Children’s Bureau
How did President Taft’s passage of the Mann-Elkins Act in 1910 continue Roosevelt’s legacy of railroad reform?
strengthening the Interstate Commerce Commission
What progressive political reform did Taft support during his presidency?
the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment
What was President Taft’s creation of the Children’s Bureau an example of?
a progressive Republican social reform
What describes how President Taft affected conservation efforts?
Taft appointed a secretary of the interior who undid some of Roosevelt’s conservation work
Why did Taft’s passage of the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act create a problem for Roosevelt progressives?
it did little to lower taxes
In what areas was Taft less progressive than Roosevelt?
supporting labor unions
What Republican challenged Taft during his run for a second term?
Theodore Roosevelt
How did Theodore Roosevelt become a party nominee in the presidential election of 1912?
Roosevelt split from the Republicans formed the Progressive Part
How did the Progressive Party set itself apart from the Democratic and Republican parties?
the Progressive Party strongly supported women’s suffrage
Why did Roosevelt choose a bull moose as a symbol for his new Progressive Party?
he fought like one for things he believed in
What is an effect of third-party candidates, such as Theodore Roosevelt, on presidential elections?
they change outcomes of elections
What explains why the political climate was ripe for a third-party candidate during 1912 presidential election
the Republican Party was unsatisfied with its candidate
How did Woodrow Wilson’s presidential win in 1912 set a precedent?
Wilson won the electoral college but less that fifty percent of the popular vote
What was a way in which Woodrow Wilson wanted to help average Americans?
promoting free enterprise for the middle class
What was a similarity between Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt?
both believed monopolies were bad for the country
According to Wilson, what group had too much power over the US economy and government?
big business
What group did Wilson want to help during the first half of his term?
entrepreneurs
What group did Wilson want to help during the second half of his term?
everyday workers
What did Wilson believe about high tariffs?
prevented the US economy from growing
What states the purpose of Wilson’s anti-trust legislation?
to encourage free enterprise
Progressive reforms that sought to break up monopolies and limit their power were known as?
trust-busting
The Adamson Act, which legislated working hours and pay in the railroad industry, why was it significant?
it blazed a trail for similar policies in other industries
Where was Wilson unsuccessful in making lasting changes?
the hours and age at which children worked
What did he Underwood-Simmons Tariff Act, which was passed in 1912, do to tariffs?
reduced tariffs on all imported goods
What defines a graduated income tax?
a tax which higher earners pay more than lower earners
Why was the Federal Trade Commission established in 1914?
prevent unfair business practices
What is the central bank of the United States called?
Federal Reserve System
What was the main purpose of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913?
oversee and regulate commercial banks
What states how World War 1 affected President Wilson’s position on women’s suffrage?
Wilson started to champion women’s suffrage after the war began

Read the quote from President Wilson’s letter to the National Child Labor committee: “As the labor situation created by the war develops I am more interested than ever, if that were possible, in throwing all the safeguards possible around the labor of women and children.”

The “labor situation” Wilson refers to most likely concerned him because:

women and children had to do the jobs of male workers who became soldiers
How did Congress affect Wilson’s efforts to protect working women and children during the war?
Congress stopping working on Wilson’s progressive legislation
What piece of Progressive legislation did the Supreme Court declare unconstitutional?
the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act
What Progressive cause was helped by US involvement in World War 1?
women’s suffrage
What explains which Progressive reforms were most successful?
the financial reforms were most successful because they established lasting methods to protect free enterprise
What was a way in which Progressives were successful in reforming the federal government?
reforming taxes
Progressives, such as Woodrow Wilson, supported financial reforms because thy believed the nation’s financial system was overly controlled by what group of people?
big business

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