Monday, February 28, 2011


Monday, February 28

Lecture:  Gilded Age Politics

Bring book tomorrow.  Reading guide for Ch 21 due on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 1

Work day.  You can work on anything you want:  Finish reading guide for Ch 21.  Start Chapter 22 reading guide.  Read, "The Wizard of Oz:  A Parable on Populism."  Questions for reading due on Friday.

Reading Guide Ch 21:  due Wednesday
"Wizard of Oz":  Reading and Questions Due Friday
Reading Guide Ch 22:  Due Tuesday

Wednesday, March 2

Meet in Blackbox.  Watch The Presidents: Hayes through McKinley

Thursday, March 3

Lecture:  Populism and the Election of 1896 (part 1)

Friday, March 4

Lecture:  Populism and the Election of 1896 (part 2)

Reading guide Chapter 22, due Tuesday.  Test over this unit next Friday.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Tuesday, February 22

Video:  The Homestead Strike

RG for Chapter 19 due tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 23

Lecture:  Immigration and the City, p. 1

Read Chapter 21.  Complete Reading Guide for Tuesday

Thursday, February 24

Lecture:  Immigration and the City, p. 2

Friday, February 25

Lecture:  Gilded Age Politics

Complete Reading Guide for Tuesday

Monday, February 21, 2011

End of Online Discussion

That's all, folks.  Nice job on the discussion.  The discussions are now closed.  We will talk about the comments on Wednesday after we finish the film.  See you tomorrow.  Hope you had a good day off.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Schedule Changes

You will now have until Monday night (9 pm) to respond to the online discussion questions.

Also, your reading guide will be due on Wednesday.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Optional Discussion Question

If you have not yet had an opportunity to respond to one of the previous questions, you can respond to this one as well.  Remember:  you need to make 4 comments total.  You need to respond to two questions and then make two further comments, either to the question again or to someone's response.  Your responses don't need to be long, but must have a specific example to back up your point.

Zinn recognizes a strange dichotomy of the Gilded Age:  America's non-regulation of business enabled corporations to exploit workers and make people either very wealthy or very poor.  At the same time, however, the free-market system enabled individuals from very humble origins (ie Carnegie) to become self made millionaires.    Evaluate Zinn’s notion that “the government of the United States was behaving almost exactly as Karl Marx described a capitalist state: pretending neutrality to maintain order, but serving the interests of the rich.”

Discussion responses will be cut off Friday night at 9 pm, so make sure you respond.

Also, check to make sure your response was saved and recorded.  If it's not here, you're not getting credit.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gilded Age Discussion Question 2

Here is the Gilded Age discussion question #2.  Remember, you don't need to write much.  Make a point and support it with a detail or two.  Again, you need to make TWO responses to this question. The first response needs to be to the question itself.  The second response should be made to counter or agree (with more detail) to another student's response.

Business leaders of the late 19th century have been characterized both as greedy and unscrupulous “robber barons” and as great “captains of industry” whose entrepreneurial skills and tactics produced economic growth.  Which view do you find more persuasive?  Why?  Give specific examples.

Enjoy.  You have until Friday night to make responses to this question.  Discussion will be closed by 9 pm.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Gilded Age Discussion Question 1

Here is the first online discussion question.  For this question, you must provide TWO responses.  One response must be made to the question itself.  The other response should be made to another student's response.  Your responses  MUST be rooted in text.  That is, you must have evidence.  Your responses do not need to be long, but it might be good to formulate a response in another program and then cut and paste tot he comment box.

Consider everything you have read about the Gilded Age and big business.  Based on what you have read, was Big Business steering US politicians or were politicians steering Big Business in the period from 1890-1910?   Provide evidence to support your answer.

Click on the comment link below and be sure to use your name.  You can use your first name only, if you want.  Only rule:  be civil.

Let the discussion begin!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Monday, February 14

1.  Discuss readings

Starting tonight, discussion questions will be placed on this blog.   You will need to give responses to each question; instructions will be provided for each question.  You will have until Friday to make responses---after that, your responses will not be counted.

Tuesday, February 15

Lecture:  Corporate Personhood:  A History

Document analysis:  The Sherman Anti-Trust Act

Wednesday, February 16

Lecture:  Growth of the Labor Movement

Read Chapter 19.  Complete Reading Guide for Monday.

Thursday, February 17

Lecture: Growth of the Labor Movement (con't)

Friday, February 18

Video:  The Homestead Strike

Reading guide for Chapter 19 due on Tuesday.

Bring Book on Tuesday.  You will have a workday to begin Chapter 21.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Monday, February 7

Lecture:  Native American History, part 2

RG for Chapter 18 due on Friday

Tuesday, February 8

Lecture:  Native Americans in the 20th Century

Wednesday, February 9

Lecture:  The Gilded Age, Part 1

Thursday, February 10

Lecture:  The Gilded Age, Part 2

Friday, February 11

Robber Baron or Captain of Industry?  Read collection of documents and articles.  Start answering questions in class.  

Read Zinn, "Robber Barons and Rebels" for Monday.  Be prepared to discuss.  List of questions can be found here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Hi everyone.  This is just a friendly reminder about the terms test tomorrow.  I am pretty sure we will have school.  The terms test is still on.  Try to get to class as soon as possible and you can start it right away.

Hope everyone had a couple of nice days off.  See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Monday, January 31

Meet in College and Career Center
Turn in essay

Tuesday, February 1

Lecture:  Native America in the 19th Century

Wednesday, February 2

Lecture:  Native America in the 20th Century

Thursday, February 3

The American Indian Movement of the 1960s

Friday, February 4

Terms Test #4

Read Chapter 18. Complete reading guide for Friday.