19th Century Biography

Progressive Movement
We have learned that the Progressive Movement was an effort to cure many of the bad things that had
developed in American society as a result of the industrial growth of the late 19th century. It was based on the
belief that man could improve his position in society. The Progressives wanted to remove corruption and
influence in government, to include more people in the political process, and to require the government to
play a role in solving social problems.
Progressive’s name: _________________________________________
Life timeline
Due Date: January 29
Your timeline must include at least eight life
events placed in chronological order and
follow the timeline criteria card.
Fact circle
Must include at least
15 facts.
(8.5”X11” paper)
Due Date: February 2
Due Date: February 5
o Cover page with person’s picture
o Facts about person’s life
o Impact on life in U.S.--Determine your progressive’s impact on
America. (What was their influence on life or politics in the
o MLA format (Mrs. Held has format if needed)
o Minimum of four sources (Try to use a primary source for one of the sources)
o At least one source is a book
Object poster (Portrait Unbound)
Due Date: Feb. 5
o Must contain minimum of five objects related to the person
o Created online using Glogster, Prezi, or Powerpoint or Google slides
o Presented to the class
 The paper is worth 100 points and will be
graded based upon the attached rubric.
Make sure to read the rubric so you know
everything that you need to get the grade
you wish.
 The timeline is worth 30 points
 The fact circle is worth 30 points
 The poster is worth 50 points.
Help corner--Biography
Background – early life, education, etc.
Events in life that led to acting as a crusader.
What did they do? Their beliefs played out in their actions
In what ways was the life remarkable?
In what ways was the life despicable?
In what ways was the life admirable?
What human qualities were most influential in shaping the way this person
lived and influenced his or her times?
8. Did this person make any major mistakes or bad decisions? If so, what were
they and how would you have chosen and acted differently if you were in
their shoes?
9. Impact/legacy – What changes did they create? How did they make the
world a better place?
10. What do you think it means to be a hero? Was your person a "hero?" Why?
Why not?
African Americans
Booker T. Washington*
W.E.B. DuBois
Ida B. Wells*
Samuel Gompers
Mary Harris Jones*
Jane Addams*
Jacob Riis*
Women’s rights
Susan B. Anthony*
Carrie Chapman Catt*
Alice Paul*
Frances Willard
Carrie Nation
John D. Rockefeller*
Andrew Carnegie*
Henry Ford*
John Pierpont Morgan*
Woodrow Wilson*
William Jennings Bryan*
Robert M. LaFollette*
Corruption/unsafe working conditions
Lincoln Steffens
Ida Tarbell*
Upton Sinclair*
John Muir*
Theodore Roosevelt*
When you search on line you can find background information if you google “Progressive Era” or “Progressive
* Can be found on biography.com: http://www.biography.com/search/ data base of biographies of famous
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