Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rubinger: Progressive Era Project

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Police place victims of a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in their coffins on March 25, 1911.

"Coffins of Victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire." Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. George Grantham Bain Collection. American History Online. Facts On File, Inc.

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Progressive websites:

Chicago Fire
Losses of the Fire (primary source)
Chicago and the Great Conflagration (book)
141 Men and Girls Die in Waist Factory Fire (NY Times article)

Child Labor

Carrie Nation
Prohibition (PBS)


Triangle Fire
"We Have Found You Wanting" (Speech)


How the Other Half Lives


Progressive Era Problems:

1. Temperance/Prohibition

2. Women’s Rights
  • Suffrage Movement & 19th Amendment

3. Safety and Health Codes

  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
  • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
  • Meat Packing Industry/ Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”

4. Bad Working Conditions

  •  1914 Ludlow Massacre
  • Lowell Mill Textile Factory

5. Poverty, Urban living, and Child Labor

  • Jacob Riis’s “How The Other Half Lives”
  • John Spargo’s “The Bitter Cry of the Children”

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