The Boas & Braman Experience


December 2015

We have moved the test to Friday

December 18th.  IF you cannot make it to the test during 1st and 2nd periods, the makeup will be on January 6th at 7:30 am.  The test December 18th will be multiple choice and a few fill-in-the-blank questions; the makeup test on January 6th will be an essay test.

Here is the SLIGHTLY REVISED LIST of main concepts to consider for the test.  These revisions in NO WAY expand the scope of what you will need to know for the test.  All of the concepts below come from your reading but many have been reinforced in the presentations and the in-class discussions.

Post-Civil War

  • Population growth 1869-1899
    • Urban population growth 1860-1910
    • New South
    • Black Codes and Jim Crow
  • Postwar Economic Growth
    • Role of Gov’t & technologies
  • Railroads & Westward expansion

Gilded Age

  • Election of 1896
  • Changing view of American West
  • Economic Depression of 1893
  • Urbanization & immigration
  • Social & Reform Darwinism
  • Social reform – Education and Child Labor
  • 2nd Industrial Revolution
  • Trusts – The Standard Oil Co.
  • Child Labor
  • Mining – Coal Strike of 1902


  • Motivations for American Imperialism
  • Acquisition of Russia and Hawaii
  • War of 1898
    • Maine, Yellow Journalism
    • Teller Amendment
    • Treaty of Paris
  • Isthmian canal
  • Monroe Doctrine
  • Roosevelt Corollary
  • Philippine intervention (and racist undertones)
  • Open Door policy
  • Boxer Rebellion
  • Gentlemen’s agreement (w/Japan)
  • Big-Stick Diplomacy
  • Roosevelt elevated to presidency
  • Bully Pulpit

The Progressive Era promoted change in:

  • Democracy – initiative and referendum
  • Labor – Taylorism
  • Regulation – Regulation not dissolution
    • Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890)
    • S. v. Northern Securities Co. (1904)
    • S. v. E.C. Knight and Co. (1895)
    • Elkins Act (1903)
    • Hepburn Act (1906)
    • Meat inspection act (1906)
  • Social Justice – Muckrakers
    • Child Labor Laws
    • WCTU and Prohibition
    • 17th Amendment (Ratified 1913)
  • Conservation
    • Utilitarian ideals
  • Roosevelt
    • As a progressive and the New Nationalism
  • Election of 1908 – Taft
    • Pinchot/Ballinger Affair
  • Election of 1912
    • Candidates, parties, platforms
    • Wilsonian Democracy – New Freedom
    • Federal Reserve Act
  • Election of 1916
    • Candidates, parties, platforms

Harlem Renaissance – info ONLY as mentioned in packets


Reading schedule through imperialism

Thursday evening read T&S and take notes: 905-922

Friday/weekend read: 922-937

Monday night read: 953-967

Tuesday night read: 967-979

Wednesday night review

Thursday test – details to follow

Harlem Renaissance Prep

As you get ready to present, don’t forget to consider where you will fit in.  Here are the sequence of questions and topics we will consider:

  1. What should art aim to do?  Be beautiful?  Or should it advocate for social change?
  2. What is Harlem?  In what ways is Harlem significant?
  3. Identity, gender and race:
  • Who am I?  Where do I fit in?
  • Is this a white world or a black world?
  • What should be done about it?

You will be evaluated on your presentation of your content (your recitation) and your ability to think on your feet and to integrate primary sources into your analysis of the topic at hand.

Once you have your initial preparation down, you might open this scanned reading and consider where your person fits into the broader context of the Harlem Renaissance.  Eventually you should critically read the text – but I doubt you have time for that tonight.

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