VUS.8    The student will demonstrate knowledge of how the nation grew and changed from the end of Reconstruction through the early twentieth century by explaining the relationship among territorial expansion, westward movement of the population, new immigration, growth of cities, the role of the railroads, and the admission of new states to the United States; describing the transformation of the American economy from a primarily agrarian to a modern industrial economy and identifying major inventions that improved life in the United States; analyzing prejudice and discrimination during this time period, with emphasis on “Jim Crow” and the responses of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; identifying the causes and impact of the Progressive Movement, including the excesses of the Gilded Age, child labor and antitrust laws, the rise of labor unions, and the success of the women’s suffrage movement.

Students will be learning about and discussing Gilded Age of Big Business, and how it contributed to the Progressive Movement. Students will be studying and discussing the following daily topics:

- Expanding Public Education

- WEB Dubois, Booker T. Washington

- Segregation and Discrimination

- Sources and origins of the Progressive Movement

- Progressive Reforms for Women and Child Labor