Thursday, January 26, 2012

Progressive Era

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Search for books:  Destiny Quest                          

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.

Recommended Websites:

Progressive Era (General):
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

Rubinger -- Progressive Era Issues:

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”

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Technology of World War I - Visual Display Project (Uline)

French gas attack on German lines
Belgium, 1916 (
  1. Use at least 3 different sources to get information
  2. Attach a list of these sources to the back of your display.
  3. At least one source should be a book or an online database.
  4. If you take a sentence or a phrase directly from a book or the internet, you must put it in quotes and write (next to it) where you got it from!
    • For example:  "Unrestricted submarine warfare was a result of desperation and the belief that the ferocity of such a tactic might just keep America out of the war..." (History Learning Site)
  5. Don't forget the dates of the war:  1914-1918!
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                               Sample articles: Flamethrowers, machine guns
                               U-boats,    Poison Gas (primary document)

If you have a public library card, you can click here, and then try these databases:
  • History in Context: US (Gale)
  • World Book Encyclopedia
(Try entering different search words, like the name of your technology, specific examples/models, specific battles in which you know it was used, "World War I" with the name of your technology, etc.)

Website Ideas:  (Flamethrowers, machine guns, tanks, airplanes, poison gas)
    • A professor's analysis of  ("I would not allow my students to use the Feature Articles in a paper. But I will link to both sites from my class Web sites, and I will refer to both on a regular basis for my own teaching and research.")

EyeWitness to History Website (Eyewitness accounts -- gas, u-boat, trenches, tanks, etc.  You can get quotes from people who were actually there!)

- not an academic source, cannot be cited in college papers
- in high school, Wikipedia can somtimes be used for informal projects/assignments
- good to use as a starting point, for an overview of topic
- scroll down to bottom, and check the notes, references, and other links for other sources

    Specific Ideas for where to look (databases and websites):

    Medical Advancements:
    Air University
    Speech/Lecture on Sanitation & Hygiene from 1918
    Look at second-to-last paragraph on this page

    Machine Guns:
    Encyclopedia Britannica (scroll down to submachine gun)
    Another Encyclopedia Britannica article

    Encyclopedia Britannica
    for how airplanes were constructed/made:
    NASA - Table of contents 
               - NASA - World War I   
                 NASA - fighter planes
    -Check out the model - CFS2 AB-Roland D.VIb

    (reproduced from) "The People's Almanac" series of books
    Encyclopedia Britannica - Tanks
    history learning site

    Poison Gas:
    History Learning Site

    Encyclopedia Britannica (don't forget to scroll down to the World War I section)
    unrestricted submarine warfare

    For the bigger picture (in case you're interested), a Library of Congress essay:  The Increasing Power of Destruction:  Military Technology in World War I

    Would you trust a webpage written by high school students? (Brief info about tanks, gas, & flamethrowers.)


    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    The Roaring 1920's!

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    • World Book Encyclopedia
    On the web:  Encyclopedia Brittanica


    Recommended by Rubinger:






    Other Ideas: