Sunday, December 15, 2013

Test Review

Test Review for Thursday's test.



Jacob Riis

Ida Tarbell

Upton Sinclair

Direct primary





19th amendment




square deal

United mine workers strike

Payne-aldrich Tarriff

Income tax


Ballinger - Pinchot affair

Compare and Contrast Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Explain how Wilson was elected
  Explain Teddy Roosevelt's "square deal" and give one example of how he put it into action.

How  did the progressives change away from 'Laissez-Faire' economics.? (use Jungle, Pure Food and Drug Act, Interstate commerce commission as examples).

Review question:  From the material we've studied this year, Pick two groups we have studied, and show how there has been progress for some, but less for others.  Overall, do you think the story of the US is a story of progress?

Review:  With your understanding of immigration, industrializing, invention, urbanization, and progressivism, explain how life might have changed for a person or family from 1850 until 1900.  Where they lived, how they made a living.  How they lived their daily lives.  Minimum 5 things that might have changed in a person or families life over this time.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Finish Fukushima Video
Finish Chapter 5, Section 1. Start Chapter 5 Section 2.

Create your blog post with history links, AND find one or more books you'd like to read.  Can be non - fiction, or fiction, and from a time period / event in our curriculum. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec 3, 2013


326-335; read, and take notes.

Make sure your blog post on "the jungle" is finished
Make sure your blog post on the Maine/Yellow Journalism/ Andrew Carnegie is finished
Make sure your blog post on the Gilded Age project is finished. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Progressive Era - The Jungle.

Read P. 336-338
Answer the following questions.
You may copy and paste the questions to your blog.
Submit your blog post here

1) What qualities did Sinclair believe a person must have to succeed in Packingtown?
2)According to the passage, what is the plant owner's main goal.
3) What does Sinclair mean when he says, "...there was no place in it where a man counted for anything against a dollar....?"

When it was published, The Jungle was so shocking that it launched a government investigation of the meatpacking industry.  The investigation eventually led to the establishment of laws regulating the industry.  Using the internet, research an area that our government regulates now (meat packing, environment, pharmaceuticals) and report how this is enforced today.

When you finish, make sure that your Gilded Age project is complete, or Start building a blog post of 'Cool History Sites'

If you don't have a blog, write in an email and email to

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Test Review

Mattew Perry
Queen Liliuokalani
Sanford Dole
Jose Mari
Hearst and Pulitzer
Emiliano Aguinaldo
Philippine Rebellion
Election of 1900
Boxer Rebellion
Panama Canal

Short Essay:
“Splendid Little War” – explain
Teddy Roosevelt – 5 facts
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” – Explain
What happened to native americans—Numbers, How, and Why.

How did the RR impact America

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

imperialism and industrialism

Get in your working groups.
Each person choose one of the Following
You will submit your post here.

*1)The Sinking of the Maine:  Using the material in the book, give specific evidence from 1898 that supported the belief  that the SPANISH were responsible for SINKING IT, vs. the 1976 Modern Interpretation.  Cite specific primary source evidence (the two pages on 308).  Give a brief description of the events that happened, and it's significance.  Cite book pages, internet sources, include title and picture.

***2) What do you think about whether or not the US should be an Imperialist nation?  What is imperialism?  Should we be imperialist (in 1900).
 Incorporate in your research and writing: Eyewitness to History, p. 318.

Cite evidence (pro and con).How did Bryan, Roosevelt and Platt differ in their views about the role of the US in international politics and about the competence of people in other countries to government themselves.?

**3) First, what was industrialisation and what were it's affects on America.
then go to P. 285-- using this, and your outside sources Explain the views of the three sources, and give your view of the life of an industrial worker.

Explain what the different views of how workers should be treated, and what do YOU THINK.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Building my blog list

Give me a link to your Blog at the form linked HERE
Just the Blog-address, not an individual post.


test review, Ch 3

(2 points each.  There will be 10 on the test)
Placer Mining,
Quartz mining,
Comstock Lode
Long Drive
Vertical Integration
Horizontal Integration
Working Conditions in the Factories
Ellis Island
Political Machine
Gilded Age
Social Darwinism

(3-5 points each there will be a few on the test).

How was mining important to america
How was ranching important to america
How was farming important to America
What happened to Buffalo
How did American development of the west impact the Native Americans
How did RR affect America (3 things)
How was life in the cities for the Rich?  For the Poor?  Give examples.
What has happened to causes of death from 1900, to 2000-- give example
Who wants inflation?  Who wants deflation?
Jim Crow Law

Monday, October 21, 2013

Gilded Age Stuff

Go to THIS <Link>

Find your name, and your ASSIGNED Topic;

Create a blog post.
Title it
Submit the link Here

Then, write it:
Find your sources
Write it.
Include your source
Include 1 picture.
If you can include imbedded you tube clip

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Transcontinental RR!!!!


We're going to explore the construction of the Transcontinental Rail Road.  Get in your groups.  Go to library.  Stay in your groups.

You will be required to post a report, on ONE of your blogs.  Submit your group's work HERE


Get a map from me.  You're building a railroad.  For now, just map out your route.
Must go from coast to coast.  Brainstorm and DISCUSS and make a note of 3-5 things that would make building a giant rail road in the 1800's would be. (no more than 5 minutes)

Talk about the following questions as a group, and record your answers.  They will need to be published on your blog.  Answer each of these questions in your group, and write them down.
You can type them later.  Should be about (20 minutes total)

Hiring Workers:
What do you think the attitudes of the owners of the Transcontinental Rail Road were about their workers?  Who do you think they hired?

Dealing with Workers
-How do you think working conditions were?
-What should an employer do about dangerous working conditions?
-What should a worker do about dangerous working conditions?

Life in the Camp
-What do you think the camps where they built the RR's were like?

The Builders?
-Who do you think built the Rail Roads:  Government, states, or people?
-What do you think they did with their money?

Impact of Transcontinental Rail Road.
-what do you think the impact of the rail road would be?

Writing assignments
Divide up these assignments between the entire group. There are 5.  If you have a 4 person group, someone may have to do two.

Write your article, and publish the article on YOUR blog.  Make sure you have a title, author, and link to your source.  If you don't have a blog, see me, and I'll set you up to publish on a 'group blog.' You will get permission to be a contributor, you'll just need to give me your password.

Article Assignments:  
5 per group.  Each must have a good paragraph about it.  You must have a TITLE, and AUTHOR, and put a link to your source.  When done, you will give me all the links on ONE recorders blog.

Now let's find out more, and see how what we learn differs from what we thought.

Hiring Workers:
Read THIS ARTICLE.  It is about the workers.  Summarize.

Dealing with workers.
Read this article about conflict between workers and owners.  Report.

Life in the Camp
Read this article, and describe life in the camp.

Let's look at an owner.
Read this article, summarize it, telling me about the importance of the subject.  Also, tell me what do you think pros and cons of business owners were in 1800s?

Summarize the impacts of the Transcontinental Rail Road.
Read this article, and summarize the impacts of the transcontinental RR.

Part 4) Collaboration.
Read every one of your team mates posts, and post a friendly, respectful comment or question.

Group:  Organization:  (0-5)
All blogs are linked together on ONE recorders site, and I am given the blog address.
All links work.
General layout of this post is clean and easy to follow, with good organization, and a title.

Group: Content:
(20 points)
All 5 articles will be scored as a whole.
So help each other, and correct typos, make sure that each article is informative, and shows understanding of the issue.  One article will not ruin the group grade, but as a team, you must work together to improve each other's works.

Your blog post (10 points).  Title, Author, link to source.  Clear explanation of the material presented.
Your comments (5 points).  Good, friendly thoughtful comments about each blog post your team mate writes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Civil War and Reconstruction Test Review

Explain what each is, and tell why it is important/ significant to civil war.
Who is Eli Whitney

What is the nullification Crisis? 

Trail of Tears

2nd great awakening

Gold Rush

What is reconstruction

14th Amendment

Who is US Grant

What is the KKK?

What are tenant farmers?

What are sharecroppers?

Anaconda plan

What were the economic differences for the north and south:

South military advantage (leaders)

North military advantage (leaders?)

Briefly explain the how the growth of our country led to increasing tensions between north and south (manifest destiny, missouri compromise, balance of states?)

Why was it ‘harder’ for the Union to win the civil war?

Explain difference between Lincoln's Amnesty plan and the Radical reconstruction.

What happened to blacks after the end of Radical Reconstruction?

 “It is...for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that...we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this, nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address.

Prompt: Approximately 620,000 people died in the Civil War. If this fact was known by President Abraham Lincoln, do you think he still would have supported the war? Support your answer with specific evidence from the above passage from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

CH 2-4 questions

Find a sentence in book to support this.

The north economic advantages.

The south had better generals to start.

The north had better navy.

The south had a worse economy.

The war had higher casualties than previous wars (why?)

Explain the anaconda plan?

Look at a map of US.  How was battle of New Orleans critical to war?

What did the South think would give them victory?

What was the Bloodiest one day battle of the war.  Stats?

What happened to the economies of the N. and S. as war ground on?

Gettysburg? Why did the south go there? 

What caused the most death?