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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » West

Picturing Modern America

helps students learn about modern America (1880-1920) by analyzing primary sources. Topics include immigration, the city, women and suffrage, industrialization, the West, children's lives, leisure time, progressive reform, and World War I. Three kinds of exercises are offered: analyzing a single document, exploring a theme (prairie settlement, for instance), and creating an online exhibit. (Education Development Center, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

At the turn of the century women's social roles greatly expanded. Before then, most women's lives centered on their labor in the houehold. By 1900, industrial society was drawing more and more women out of the home and off of the farm and into the worlds of work and public life.
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