Monday, June 11, 2012

Website Spotlight: America at 1900

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Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


I. The Film and More

References section:

A. Interview Transcripts (Extended interviews with program participants)

Concentrate on those by Walter LaFeber.

America as a World Power
America's Economic and Industrial Expansion
The China Market
The Importance of San Francisco
President William McKinley
McKinley's Manipulative Power
The First White House Press Room
The Importance of the Philippines
The Fight for the Philippines
The Decision to Annex the Philippines
"Civilizing" the Filipinos
Anti-Imperialism in the United States
The Open-Door Policy
American Missionaries in China
Revolution in China
The Boxer Rebellion
William Jennings Bryan's Campaign Strategy
Vice Presidential Nominee: Theodore Roosevelt
The "Hidden Hand" Presidency
The Pacific Century

B. Primary Sources

1. Speeches

"Cross of Gold", William Jennings Bryan, campaign speech, 1896

2. Documents

1898 Treaty of Paris

II. Special Feature

Skip this section.

III. Timeline

Excellent month-by-month breakdown for the year 1900

IV. Maps

Skip this section.

V. People and Events:

A. People:

Concentrate on these:

William Jennings Bryan
Charles Dana Gibson and "The Gibson Girl"
Mark Hanna
John Hay
J.P. Morgan
John Muir
Carrie Nation
Andrew Carnegie Preaches the Gospel of Wealth

B. Events:

Concentrate on these:

The Boxer Rebellion
The Idle Rich
Rise of Anarchism
War in the Philippines

VI. Teacher's Guide

Select "Using the Web site":

Make your selection from a number of excellent choices.


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:

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