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Progressive Era Politics

Progressive Era Politics

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Progressive Era PoliticsTeacher Pass

Teaching Progressive Era Politics Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • What sorts of divisions exist within contemporary American society?
    • Are they similar to those dividing America at the end of the nineteenth century?
      • Do industrial workers make up a distinct class with a common set of grievance and goals?
      • What about farmers?
      • What do your conclusions suggest about American society?
    • Who was excluded from the general prosperity of the late nineteenth century?
    • Are certain groups excluded from the general prosperity of society today?
      • If so, what explains their exclusion?
      • Are the reasons similar to those explaining the exclusion of certain groups 100 years ago?