(Solution) HIST405 Week 5 Assignment: Case Study

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 18, 21, 22
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 3 scholarly sources (in addition to the textbook). The sources associated with each topic selection below can be used as part of the 3 scholarly sources.

Optional Resources to Explore
Feel free to review the library guide for scholarly sources and videos at the following link:

The purposes of each case study assignment include the following:

  • To hone your abilities to research using scholarly sources
  • To advance critical thinking and writing skills
  • To compile a response to the prompts provided
  • To explore a historical topic and make connections to change over time

Pick one (1) of the following topics. Then, address the corresponding questions/prompts for your selected topic. Use at least one (1) documented example of the corresponding primary source in your writing.

Option 1: Big Business (Monopolies) and Exploitation of Workers
View the following resource:

Browse and read one (1) of the following:

Then, address the following:

  • Explain if big business leaders were “captains of industry,” “shrewd businessmen,” or “robber barons.”
  • Based on one of the resources noted for this option, assess American working conditions and exploitation of workers in the Age of Industry.
  • Analyze the role that government played in reforming American working conditions.
  • Explain the benefits of the Federal Government regulations of monopolies.
  • Analyze which progressive presidents attained economic justice and reform for workers.

Option 2: Who is A Progressive?
Review the following site:

Then, address the following:

  • According to Roosevelt, what are the characteristics of a progressive?
  • Explain and give examples of the characteristics of “anti-progressives.”
  • Trace what types of activities “anti-progressives” engaged in?
  • Analyze the goals of progressivism.
  • Explain what areas of society progressives addressed?
  • Analyze the progressive achievements Roosevelt highlights in his speech?

Option 3: World War I
Review the following resources:

Then, address the following:

  • Trace the origins of World War I, and assess if the world war was inevitable in 1914?
  • Explain if it was possible for the United States to maintain neutrality in World War I. If yes, explain how. If no, explain why not.
  • Analyze if the United States should have entered World War I to make the world safe for democracy.
  • Analyze if the Treaty of Versailles was a fair and effective settlement for lasting world peace.
  • Explain if the United States Senate should have approved of the Treaty of Versailles.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 3-4 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page
  • In-text citations that correspond with your end references


Case Study: Who Is a Progressive?

Theodore Roosevelt served as the president of the United States for the two terms between 1901 and 1909. He earned the reputation of not only being the youngest president, but also the most energetic and belligerent. He led the country in making aggressive reforms that no president had dared to make before him. He believed that the rise of capitalism and big businesses had become a threat to the federal government and had substantially limited government powers. Therefore, he subscribed to the progressive school of thought believing that reforms were necessary to propel the country and its citizens forward. This essay explores the progressives and anti-progressives from Roosevelt’s perspective.

Characteristics of a Progressive

In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt sought to become the president for a third term. After failing to secure the Republican presidential ticket, he created the Progressive Party and ran against President William Howard Taft, a Republican, and Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat (Media Rich Communications, 2004). In September, he made a speech in which he expressed his views and understanding of a progressive. First, he stipulated that a progressive is an individual who seeks to move forward. In his speech, he said that his friend had told him that it did not matter much whether a man was standing, but that he was moving forward and in the right direction (Library of Congress, 2018). Secondly, a progressive was one who sought to uplift all society members. That is one who sought to enhance a society’s quality of life as opposed to self-gratification. A progressive had a firm belief in the ability of all members of society. Like Roosevelt, progressives believed that every individual mattered, even the lowest ranking laborer. As such, they called for social and economic justice for all and not just the wealthy and elite (Library of Congress, 2018). Progressives stood for the people’s rights, particularly the groups viewed to be weak. For instance, Roosevelt advocated for women…..Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $15