Prohibition was the nationwide ban on the sale and import of alcoholic beverages that lasted from 1920 until 1933. The Temperance Movement along with The American Temperance Society, pushed for people to stay away from alcohol, and influenced many powerful establishments and religious groups alike. Women were influenced by this heavily as well; The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was one of the groups at the … Continue reading Drink.Drank.Drunk

To drink or not to drink?

The year’s right before the twenties were a time of change for the people of the time. Women’s right to vote was on the rise as well as thousands of immigrants coming overseas to live and work in America. But there is one event that touched everyone in some form or another in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment better known as prohibition. Many believed that the … Continue reading To drink or not to drink?

The Rights and Wrongs of Prohibition

In December of 1917 the US Government approved an amendment that would outlaw the sale, manufacture and distribution of alcoholic beverages. The Eighteenth Amendment would take effect on the first of January 1920. It can be said that the nation was significantly divided by the issue. The supporters of Prohibition argued that alcohol was unhealthy, a waste of time and a waste of money but … Continue reading The Rights and Wrongs of Prohibition

Progressives Taking Action

Progressives were a group of folk that made an effort to progressively change things in the country. Mostly a middle-class group, they also included many important people in U.S. History, such as Teddy Roosevelt. Gaining popularity in the early 190’s progressivism was aimed at societal advancements, which were much needed at the time with the issues America was facing. With little “fairness” in the States, … Continue reading Progressives Taking Action

The Impact of Progressives

There have been many actions taken throughout history that have changed the world for the better. Progressives were the beginning of some of these important changes, and their impact on society can still be seen throughout the world today. The Progressives were a group of reformers that were considered middle class. They wanted to promote capitalism and a free market place because they believed it … Continue reading The Impact of Progressives

Blog #3 Progressivism in America

The word “Progressivism”, simply put, means progress or change. Progressivists believe in the advancements of science, technology, economic growth, and social equality. Beginning as a political party in 1912, the progressive vision changed the lives of working women and children, and has since been a huge benefactor in the economic growth of the American society. One of the biggest progressive movements of the era was … Continue reading Blog #3 Progressivism in America

Blog Topic #3: Progressives and Government Intervention

In order to understand what the progressives were attempting to accomplish, I think it’s very important to understand who they were first. Progressives had formed their own political party in order to take on their plans. Their party didn’t have the wealth that the upper class benefit from, or the large numbers of people who were part of the working class, so the middle class … Continue reading Blog Topic #3: Progressives and Government Intervention

Progressives, Government Intervention, and Regulation Oh My!

Many people find themselves asking the question “what was the main goal that Progressives were trying to accomplish through different forms of regulation?” The question of what the Progressives were actually trying to accomplish has long been a disputed topic among historians. In order to understand more about the question at hand, it is important to understand what Progressivism is. Progressivism is “used to describe … Continue reading Progressives, Government Intervention, and Regulation Oh My!

Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222

Topic: Thinking about the diverse group of reformers that historians call the “Progressives,” discuss the following questions.  What were the Progressives attempting to accomplish through regulation?  Should the government set hours laws, regulate safety, prohibit child labor, set a minimum wage, and institute other work laws? Continue reading Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222

The Gilded Age: A Reflection of the Current Era

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” – Attributed to Mark Twain What struck me while reading through this chapter, is how similar the Gilded Age was from our current political and economic situation. While women and people of color are much more integrated into the politics, the system works about the same as it did back then. Wealth and Poverty The Gilded Age … Continue reading The Gilded Age: A Reflection of the Current Era

Blog Topic #2: Politics

Politics became complicated in the late 1800s. The working class wanted more rights such as an eight hour work day. With working men able to vote, they had a voice, but people with money were in control. This was shown with political machines which were often corrupt. Women had more leisure time than before thanks to new machines in factories. With this leisure time, women … Continue reading Blog Topic #2: Politics

Politics at the Turn of the Century

Politics at the turn of the century became very popular among the people. As the richer got richer and the poorer got poorer, politics really started to divide people more than just republican and democratic parties. Political machines proposed benefits to voting in their favor, essentially bribing the poor for votes. Transparent ballot boxes was also a technique used to intimidate voters. Building relationship with … Continue reading Politics at the Turn of the Century


At the turn of the century the cities were growing and attitudes were changing depending on your position in life. This progress from the industrial revolution was making a lot of white upper class people rich but for the poor workers it was making life harder. The “political machines” took advantage of these people and bought their votes and support by offering them jobs or … Continue reading Politics

Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222

Topic: Consider politics at the turn of the century.  More than half the population was still disenfranchised.  With women not having the vote and African Americans discriminated against, how do you think the political process worked?  Do you think that politics were considered an arena for the rich only?  How did women, minorities, and working men impact the political process? Continue reading Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222

The Gilded Age and The Industrial Revolution.

The Gilded Age is defined by the very rapid changes that were brought on by immigration, industrialization, and the challenges American society faced due to these developments. The quick advancements of the Industrial Revolution shook countless American homes, with new consumer products on the market and mechanical devices being made. This era was one in which wealth was made by some and aggressive poverty struck … Continue reading The Gilded Age and The Industrial Revolution.

The Industrial Revolution

Many people would argue that the Industrial Revolution was one of the most important events to have taken place on earth. It laid the first stepping stones on the path to all the technology we love and take for granted today. With the building of railways and telegraph networks and the ability to get and make oil, coal, and steel cheaper and easier, America was … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution

How the Workforce Changed After the Gilded Ages

During the gilded ages, many people were moving off of their farm land in the rural country, to big factories, and industries in the city. As many moved, the employers gained fame, power, and money fast. This helped them in many situations when their employees stand up for themselves and strike. In this blog I will talk about how this movement affected the workers, why … Continue reading How the Workforce Changed After the Gilded Ages

Industrial Revolution affect on employers and employees

The industrial revolution is a time when America expanded in the industry and technology fields. This growth enabled wealth for business owners and Politian’s. Wealth came at the expense of the working class. As businesses grew financially and throughout regions they also grew in Power, allowing most workers to live below the poverty line. These workers felt powerless. The perception given in the Gilded age … Continue reading Industrial Revolution affect on employers and employees

Blog Topic #1 for HIS 222 INET

This week we are going to discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on workers during the Gilded Age (late 1800s).  Employers ruled and the courts and legislatures generally sided with employers.  Workers had little to no protection.  How did industrialism affect workers?  Why did employers find unions so objectionable, even dangerous?  What benefits did workers see in unions? Continue reading Blog Topic #1 for HIS 222 INET

U.S. History Blog Posts

In our U.S. history class, different students will blog weekly in response to the material we covered, as well as questions that I (Professor Amy French) posed to them. Everyone in the class is responsible for commenting. Each week, I will post the blog topic for all our readers to see. –Dr. Amy French Continue reading U.S. History Blog Posts