US History Unit 4:

Progressive response to industrial America


Students look at the social and political problems of late 19th-century America, focusing on the Progressive response. They will learn about the motives and efforts of individuals to remedy the social ills of rapid economic change: extreme poverty, municipal corruption, abusive labor practices, and urban squalor among the new immigrations from southern and eastern Europe. Their project asks them to put themselves in the shoes of one of the successful reformers of the period, including Jane Addams, Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, Jacob Riis, and Mother Jones.

Photographs by Jacob Riis