Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Gilded Age and Progressive Era

This lesson explores the experience of American farmers during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will gain an understanding and analyze the difficulties farmers endured in modern society and their proposed solutions through a historical narrative, primary sources, and several dynamic student activities. Students will better understand the farmers in the economy and politics in American history.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay: Farmers in the Gilded Age
Handout B: National Grange Meeting Rocky Mountain Husbandman
Handout C: Farmers Alliance platform Texas 1886
Handout D: Mary Elizabeth Lease Speech 1890
Handout E: Excerpts from the Populist Party Omaha Platform 1892
Handout F: Farm Wife 1900
Handout G: Graphic Organizer: Comparing Reformers
Handout H: Debrief Questions
Answer Key
Introductory Essay
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