Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Gilded Age and Progressive Era

This lesson explores state and national politics, and constitutional principles, during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore the issues that dominated politics and the various reform movements that took shape during this period through a historical narrative, primary sources, and student activities. Students will better understand the role of government in American society and the economy in history and today.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay: The Rise of Reform Politics
Handout B: Debating Tammany Hall and Civil Service Reform
Handout C: Thomas Nast Cartoons on Boss Tweed
Handout D: The New Nationalism and the New Freedom
Handout E: Comparing the New Nationalism and the New Freedom
Answer Key
Introductory Essay
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