The discussion responses you submit for each Discussion Post should all follow the same format and style. These should be 250-350 words, and are meant to be written in a “blog style,” as opposed to more formal writing. The intention behind this is to map the process of learning and analyzing history–therefore it should have a tone of personal reflection in addition to analysis. Reflect on the content you’ve learned in this unit. Then, consider your position/experience and how you relate to this material (yes–you can use first-person). Though there is an overall informal tone to these posts, your answers should employ critical thinking (as opposed to regurgitating material) and effectively apply reading and media sources from the unit’s module within your overall analysis. Include several specifics from course material, offering really simplistic citations in parentheses such as: (name of textbook chapter), (name of primary source), (name of historian video).
Activists were attempting to address pressing societal issues with a wide range of progressive reform in this era. However, not all issues were addressed in a positive way, and some issues were neglected altogether. Drawing on this unit’s material, write a 250-350 word post considering the below questions in your response.
Discuss 1-2 positive reforms pushed forward by Progressive activists.
How were some conservationists misguided in their environmentalist efforts?
How did racial justice factor into the Progressive agenda?
Why is it important to acknowledge both the positive and negative impacts of reform movements like the Progressive Era?