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THE
PROGRESSIVE
ERA
WEBQUEST
Name: __________________________________________ Date: ___________ Period: ____
Directions: Begin by visiting the following website which gives you valuable information about
the Progressive Era.
PART I:
40 points
 Be careful to type the following web address exactly as it appears below:
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timelin
e/progress/progress.html
1. What was the goal of the Progressive Movement? _______________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
 Now click on the “Conservation in the Progressive Era” link on the right of the screen.
(http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timelin
e/progress/conserve/conserve.html)
2. Why had Americans developed a “tradition of waste”? ___________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
3. What did President Teddy Roosevelt do in terms of conservation? __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
 Now go back to the Progressive era page! Click the “Prohibition” link.
4. Why was there a movement against alcohol? __________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
5. Where was the movement most successful? ____________________________________
6. What was the 18th amendment? ______________________________________________
 Now click the link on the right side of the page that says “Money that was poured out in
the gutter.”
7. What is Mac Currie’s primary objection to prohibition? ___________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
Click the back button and click on “Only sucker’s work.”
8. What was the bootlegger’s attitude toward Prohibition? __________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
9. What was the authorities’ attitude toward Prohibition? __________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
 Now go to: http://www.somers.k12.ct.us/~pgoduti/progressive_erawebq.htm
Scroll down to the Women’s Rights movement and click on the Women’s movement timeline or
click the link http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline1.html
10. What state was the first to allow women’s suffrage (right to vote)? __________________
11. Name 3 important women in the fight for women’s suffrage.
1) ____________________________________________________________________
2) ____________________________________________________________________
3) ____________________________________________________________________
12. What US Amendment gave women the right to vote? ___________________________
PART II:
 Now go to: http://www.ducksters.com/history/us_constitution_amendments.php
The 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were all achieved thanks to
the Progressives. Define what each amendment is and then explain why each was important
to the progressives and America.
Amendment Definition
16th
Why Important?
17th
18th
19th
PART III:
 Now go to: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/us30.cfm
13. According to the Boy Scout Handbook, printed in 1910, what was an American boy like
a hundred years ago? (That means a boy living in America at about 1810.)
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
14. According to the Boy Scout Handbook, “We have lived to see an unfortunate change.”
Describe this change from a boy living in 1810 to one living in 1910.
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
15. The Handbook uses the word, “degeneracy” to describe the overall change. Define
degeneracy. (You’ll have to use an online dictionary.)
________________________________________________________________________
16. Is the Boy Scout Handbook describing a positive or negative change? _______________
17. Do you think an American boy living TODAY is more like the boy from 1810, or 1910?
CIRCLE ONE:
1810
1910
18. Using complete sentences, defend your answer: _________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
19. According to the statistics in Cleveland in June of 1913, describe what most kids were
doing using ALL THREE categories.
________________________________________________________________________
20. Find out what “Jackstones” was and describe it. _________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
PART IV:
21. How many days of school did a typical student attend in 1870? _____________________
22. How many days of school does a typical student attend today? _____________________
23. Why do you think the number of days has steady increased over the last 150 years?
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
24. Describe the changes that took place in the following areas: (i.e. increase, decrease, stay
the same)
a) Educational expenditures: _________________________________________
b) High school graduation: __________________________________________
c) College enrollment: ______________________________________________
d) Literacy rates: __________________________________________________
25. What amount was spent PER CHILD (15-19) to educate them in 1860? ______________
26. In 1994, the state of Pennsylvania, we spend $7,583 PER CHILD. By what percent has
this number increased?
_____________________________________________________
How many times greater is the spending today? (Circle One)
126 times greater
498 times greater
750 times greater
898 times greater
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