USII – Progressive Era
USII – Progressive Era Home:School Connections Unit Overview Students will learn how changes in industrialization and urbanization impacted life in America, both positively and negatively, and how these changes created the need for reform. Key Terms Here are some of the terms we hope you might see or hear from your student. Some are new and some they probably have not heard in some time. We hope you can keep the conversation going at home. mechanization industrialization urbanization suffrage political machines temperance prohibition unions reform Home Support There are a number of ways you can support this unit at home. These are just a few. Talk about the positive effects the reform movement of this era had (Ending child labor, granting women the right to vote). Are these things we take for granted today? How might life be different if these reforms had not taken place? Visit the Virginia Historical Society’s online exhibit of child labor in Virginia at http://www.vahistorical.org/exhibits/hine_intro.htm. Watch the news at home to compare modern conflicts and protests with those protests of the Progressive Era. Books and Websites Here are some books you can encourage your child to read. A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska by Susan Campbell Bartoletti So Far from Home: The Diary Mary Driscoll by Barry Denenberg The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West by Kristiana Gregory There are many kid‐friendly websites to explore Progressive Era. A few to start with are: http://www.nwhm.org/education‐resources/activites/womans‐suffrage‐tours/ See places around Washington D.C. where steps toward equality were made. http://www.progressiveliving.org/history/timeline/progressive_era/profressive_era_timeline.htm A year by year time line of the Progressive Era Visit www.history.com to check out political cartoons, photographs and brief descriptions of key people and events of the era.