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Gilded Age Seminar PTI Debate Format 2010 Prosecution vs Defense Created by MrCreated by Mr Created by Mr. Steve Hauprich for acceleration and remediation of U.S. History Students
William Marcy Tweed “Boss Tweed” Tammany Hall …didn’t he help many poor immigrants get a start in American Politics?
John D. Rockefeller…Captain of Industry or Robber Baron?
Homestead Steel Mill Strike …what made the Amalgamated Steel Workers Union think they were going to get a good contract if they angered their bosses? Did this strike help the labor movement or hurt its progress toward collective bargaining goals Better pay Shorter hours Better working conditions Job security ?
Andrew Carnegie…paradoxical …tight fisted w/ pay for workers …generous w/ $$$ for education
Horatio Alger = social mobility themes … young Americans will succeed in this land of opportunity … hard work and thoughtful preparation will pay off (Myth?)
Social Darwinism …”Does might make right?”…can you …justify treatment of labor +consumers …justify nativist + racial WASP attitudes …convert evolution to social science
Susan B. Anthony… …why did she think leading an up-state NY Civil Disobedience demonstration …would somehow change American Society for the better ?
Mark Twain… Who was this joker ? Didn’t he have a lot of rich friends? Whose side was he on anyway ?
Knights of Labor… …were they too idealistic …were they too radical …why didn’t they succeed ?
American Federation of Labor… … they weren’t always popular … what is “bread and butter” unionism … why did they succeed ?
1895 Pullman RR Strike…ended when President Cleveland sent Federal Troops delivering the US Mail is a top priority for the US Government Sherman Ant-Trust Act used to prevent obstruction to fair commerce What was the Federal Government’s attitude regarding unions ?
The “Wobblies” = socialists …how radical were they …who was their US leader …what caused their demise ?
Thomas Nast … was a Radical Republican…critic of Republicans + Democrats … friend to the Freedmen, Chinese Immigrants, etc… … did he have many friends in Tammany Hall, NY City …was he very popular in the Southern States …did he have many Irish friends …did he have friends in organized labor …why were his cartoons so effective influencing public opinion ?
Can we sympathize with a multimillionaire marriage tragedy ? …evidence of a Gilded Age in the 21 st Century???
President Andrew Johnson vs President Bill Clinton Who was better ? Who was worse ? Were they more similar or different ?
President Grant vs President GW Bush Who was better? Who was worse? What did they have in common?
Martha Stewart vs Michael Vick Who was better? Who was worse? What do they have in common?
Standard Oil vs Big Oil How do monopolies operate ? Is this the “American Beauty” ? Evidence of a 21 st C. Gilded Age ?
Oprah Winfrey vs Barack Obama How do they illustrate, if not epitomize the Horatio Alger story ? How are they proof we have progressed over the past century ? How might W.E.B. Dubois feel about America today ? How about a “tension” slide ?