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This file of HIS 204 Week 1 Discussion Question 2 comprises:
During a remarkable period of change from roughly 1865 to
the early 20th century, the great cities that we know and love
today expanded at an incrediblyrapid pace and went through
a fundamentaltransformation in compositionand
construction. Select one of the ways that the American city
was changing and analyze its historical significance (explain
why this topic is important to the study of the history of the
nation). What short and long term effects did the
transformation of American cities have on the nation?
Your initialpost shouldbe at least 150 words in length.
Support your claims with examples from required material(s)
and/orother scholarly resources, and properly cite any
references. Respond to at least two of your classmates
History - General History
The IndustrialRevolution. Too much corporate influence in
politics;the specter of socialist policiesundermining
capitalismand individual freedoms;a middle class in
apparent decline;waves of immigration which threatened to
alter the character of American society; new technologies
which introduced new social problems as well as offering
new opportunities;and a general sense that the common
people had lost control of their government: To a sometimes
surprising degree, the issues which troubled Americans in the
last quarter of the nineteenth century resembled our own.
The past often loses much of its vigor and tumult as it
becomes codified as history, and it can be difficult at times to
understand how truly revolutionary—tranformative,
disruptive, unprecedented,and divisive—anevent such as
the Industrial Revolutionwas for the people who lived
To better understand this turbulent period, review the major
economic and social changes of the last quarter of the
nineteenthcentury. Illustrate the revolutionarycharacter of
this period by describing the rise of Big Business and
identifyingthe particularforms new corporationsassumed.
Identify the social problemsand opportunities which
economic changes created in the cities, the New South, the
farmlands, and the West. Explainthe role of state and federal
governments in these developments. In your response,
explain how socioeconomic changes affected the following
groups, and how those groups responded to these changes:
a. Native Americans
Summarize your responses to the prompts above by
responding to the following questions:
a. What were the most revolutionarysocial and economic
developmentsof the last quarter of the nineteenth century?
b. How did different groups of Americans respond to those
changes and how effective were their responses?
c. What role did government play in these developments?
When composing your initialpost and your responses to your
classmates, draw from the material in at least THREE of the
following primary sources:
a. Cross of gold speech
c. Chief Joseph speaks: Selected statements and speeches by
the Nez Percé chief
d. Our immigrants at Ellis Island
e. Letter on laborin industrialsociety to Judge Peter
f. Populist Party platform
g. What’s the matter with Kansas?
Also draw from the material in ONE of the followingvideos:
a. The American industrialrevolution
b. Industrial New York
Your initialpost shouldbe no fewer than 200 words in length,
which does not include works cited or the questionsbeing
answered. It shouldaddress all of the componentsof the
question in a way that demonstrates independent,critical
thought and command of the required material. It should not
merely repeat the material in the textbook or other sources,
but should use that material as the basis for an idiosyncratic
interpretationof the topic.
In additionto your initialpost, you should respond
substantially,in posts of no fewer than 100 words, to at least
two classmates and contribute to their analysisof the topic.
When responding to classmates, you should refer to the
material from one of the sources which you did not reference
in your initialpost. Identify important pointswhich they may
have missed which either support or challenge their
interpretation.Explain how their views have made you
rethink your own conclusionsor offer perspectives which
might help them regard the topic in a different way. Feel free
to ask probing questions of your classmates, but, if you do,
offer your own interpretation.That is, don’t just respond,
“What do you think of X , Y , and Z ?” Instead, respond,
“What do you think of X ? I think W because of V , U , and T .
On the other hand some might pointto S and R .” In short,
the ideal response to a classmate would involveyou
encouraging a classmate to see things from a new
perspective, even as you clarify and develop your own
thoughts as well.
When you are studying for a test, it is important that you
take a break once in awhile. Studying can take a toll on both
your physical and mental health, especiallyif you do not
allow yourself a breather now and then. Take a walk or watch
some TV for a little while....