Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Gilded Age and Progressive Era

This lesson explores the changing role of America during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore American foreign policy and its role in the world in the Spanish-American War, World War I, and the debate over the Versailles Treaty. A historical narrative, primary sources, political cartoons, and student activities will help students debate different views regarding America's role in the world in history and today.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay: The Rise of American Power in the World
Handout B: The Evolution of American Foreign Policy
Handout C: Tracking Foreign Policy Changes
Handout D: The Debate on the Annexation of the Philippines
Handout E: The Debate on Ratification of the League of Nations Covenant
Answer Key
Introductory Essay
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