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Turn of the Century People, Places, Acts and Activities

Given your enthusiasm for the Civil War Roll Call the assignment is back. This time we are talking about the turn of the century. This only happens every hundred years so it is a worthy event (1900). Not only does this assignment give you the chance to learn more about the events surrounding 1900 but also helps you to prepare for the final exam.

NOTE: this is NOT a group project. You must write in your own words. Copying and pasting will result in a zero on the assignment.

For each item provide the following information:

When is this due? This assignment is due at the beginning of class on Monday. Your assignment should be printed out before you arrive in class.

Plagiarism check: to avoid a zero on this assignment you must write in your own words. If you need to verify that you are not plagiarizing you may use this handy guide.

  • birthplace/location.
  • dates of birth and death OR date built/created/enacted/occurred.
  • why is this person/event/place significant? Include any accomplishments of this individual and/or long lasting affects that they had on American culture, society or politics. State the same for a an event or place. This should be at least two complete sentences.
  • what interests you about this person/place/event ("nothing/I don't know" is not a sufficient answer).
  • A photo of the individual/event/place.
  • the source of your photo and information (this may be the same web address). No Wikipedia.
  • choose four items from the people category and two from the places, acts and activities category.

Print out your completed assignment AND email it to rod@rodmilstead.com as an attachment. Be sure to include your name.

Arrange the photo and text in Microsoft Word following this example.

Born: Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847
Died: August 2, 1922
Alexander Graham Bell is best known for the invention of the telephone. His first successes with voice transmission were in 1875 and the famous "Watson, come here." event took place in 1876. Bell also conducted early work in fiber optics and lasers and pursued interests as diverse as heredity and aviation. Bell's depth and breadth of work as an inventor surprised and fascinated me.
Sources: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelephone2.htm,

People -choose FOUR from this list.

  • Eugene V. Debs
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Mary Pickford
  • William Randolph Hearst
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Carry Nation
  • Florence Kelley
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
  • Thomas Nast
  • John Muir
  • Gifford Pinchot
  • Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Samuel Gompers
  • Jacob Riis
  • Boss Tweed
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Frederick Law Olmsted
  • Wilbur Wright
  • George Eastman
  • Booker T. Washington

Places, Acts, Activities -choose TWO from this list.

  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
  • ragtime
  • vaudeville
  • progressive movement
  • muckraker
  • Ellis Island
  • Angel Island
  • tenement
  • Chinese Exclusion Act