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1 Georgia and the American Experience Chapter 10: The Progressive Era Study Presentation ©2005 Clairmont Press

2 Georgia and the American Experience Section 1: The Progressive Movement The Progressive MovementThe Progressive Movement Section 2: Southern Politics in Action Southern Politics in ActionSouthern Politics in Action Section 3: The Continuing Fight for Civil Rights The Continuing Fight for Civil RightsThe Continuing Fight for Civil Rights Section 4: Business in Georgia Business in GeorgiaBusiness in Georgia Section 5: World War I World War IWorld War I ©2005 Clairmont Press

3 Section 1: The Progressive Movement ESSENTIAL QUESTION : –What changes were goals of the progressive movement?

4 Section 1: The Progressive Movement What words do I need to know? –progressive movement –muckraker –chain gang –labor union –strike –sweatshop –prohibition –18 th & 19 th Amendments –suffragette

5 The Progressive Movement Goal: Progress! SocietyBusinessGovernment fight poverty improve working conditions votes for women prison reform outlaw alcohol break up large corporations regulate businesses decrease corporate power in government greater voice of “the people” more voters did not seek to increase participation of blacks in elections

6 Prison Reform 1908: end of convict lease system Work camps and chain gangs replaced the lease systemchain gangs –Black-and-white uniforms –Chained together –Poor food & housing –No preparation for life after prison Progressive legislators created the Juvenile Court System

7 Labor Unions Low wages in factories (10¢ per hour) Labor Unions organized workers –Strikes could halt work in the factory –AFL – American Federation of Labor Georgians didn’t support unions – factories were often in small communities where people knew each other Mill towns: factory owner owned the workers’ houses – workers feared losing their homesMill towns

8 Child Labor Laws Progressives increased regulation to protect child laborerschild laborers –Minimum wage –Compulsory school attendance laws –Laws protecting children against work in dangerous places and using dangerous equipment (for example: mines) –In Georgia, most child workers in cotton fields or textile factories –In the North, child workers were in “sweatshops”

9 Temperance Movement WCTU: Women’s Christian Temperance Movement – wanted to end production and use of alcoholic beverages Carrie Nation – famous for raiding saloons with a hatchet and making speeches against alcohol Progressives in Georgia restricted alcohol sales near schools and churches, and allowed counties to vote to be “wet” or “dry” 1919: 18 th Amendment banned manufacture, sale, transport of alcoholic beverages in USA

10 Women’s Suffrage Suffrage: the right to vote Seneca Falls, NY – famous meeting of suffragettesSeneca Falls, NY 1920: 19 th Amendment gives women the right to vote – Georgia did not ratify (approve) the amendment Click to return to Table of Contents.

11 Section 2: Southern Politics in Action ESSENTIAL QUESTION –What were the goals of the populists in Georgia?

12 Section 2: Southern Politics in Action What words do I need to know? –Populist party –Australian ballot –Rural Free Delivery bill –poll –Smith-Lever Act –Agricultural Extension Service –Smith-Hughes Act –county unit system –plurality

13 The People’s Party Populism: political idea that supported the rights of the “common” people in their struggle with the wealthy people Poor farmers and low wage workers were followers of Populists Grange and Farmer’s Alliance worked to protect farmers’ rights – joined with unions to create People’s Party Wanted “Australian ballot” – printed by the government, not local political parties, then collected and locked in ballot boxes Tom Watson, famous Georgia populist, worked for Rural Free Delivery bill to deliver mail to rural areas for free

14 Georgia’s Progressive Era Governors Hoke Smith: worked to concentrate political power in the rural counties instead of larger counties and cities –white supremacist –led passage of law requiring land ownership before a person could vote – excluded many blacks –better funding of public schools –child labor laws passed –Smith-Lever Act (1914): created Agricultural Extension Service to teach improved farming methods –Smith-Hughes Act: helped establish vocational schools for youth “Little Joe” Brown: son of Civil War era governor Joseph E. Brown

15 The County Unit System 1917: Neil Primary Act created “county unit system” Plan designed to give small counties more power in state government Smaller counties had more county unit “votes” even though they had fewer voters People could be elected to office without getting a majority of votes Declared unconstitutional in 1962 Click to return to Table of Contents.

16 Section 3: The Continuing Fight for Civil Rights ESSENTIAL QUESTION – In what ways did Georgians fight for civil rights during the progressive era?

17 Section 3: The Continuing Fight for Civil Rights What words do I need to know? –civil rights –Jim Crow laws –injunction –Atlanta Compromise speech –lynching –Back-to-Africa movement –grandfather clause –poll tax –gerrymander –martial law –National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) –National Urban League

18 Section 3: The Continuing Fight for Civil Rights What people do I need to know? –Booker T. Washington –W.E.B. DuBois –John & Lugenia Burns Hope –Leo Frank

19 Separate But Equal Civil Rights: rights a person has as a citizen “Jim Crow” laws passed to separate blacks and whites Plessy v. Ferguson: Supreme Court decision which approved Jim Crow laws – decision in place until 1954 Cummings V. Richmond County Board of Education: Supreme Court decision supporting segregated schools in Georgia

20 Booker T. Washington Outstanding civil rights leader of the era President of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama Supported good relations between blacks and whites Worked to improve the lives of African Americans through economic independence Believed social and political equality would come with improved economic conditions and education Famous “Atlanta Compromise” speech (1895)Atlanta Compromise

21 W. E. B. DuBois Professor at Atlanta University Believed in “action” if African Americans and whites were to understand and accept each other Thought Booker T. Washington was too accepting of social injustice

22 John Hope Civil rights leader from Augusta, GA President of Atlanta University Like DuBois, believed that African Americans should actively work for equality Part of group that organized NAACP Hope’s wife, Lugenia, worked to improve sanitation, roads, healthcare and education for African American neighborhoods in Atlanta

23 A Loss of Voting Rights Laws created to keep African Americans in Georgia from voting –Grandfather clause: only those men whose fathers or grandfathers were eligible to vote in 1867 could vote –Poll tax: a tax paid to vote –Voters had to own property –Voters had to pass a literacy test (which was determined by the poll worker and could be different for different people) –Gerrymandering: election districts drawn up to divide the African American voters

24 Race Riots in Atlanta 1906: various leaders and newspapers created a climate of anger and fear1906 Two-day riot began with over 5,000 people Martial law: military forces used to control civilians 21 people killed; hundreds wounded Lots of property damage

25 African Americans Organize NAACP (1909): worked for the rights of African Americans W.E.B. DuBois left Atlanta to work for the NAACP in New York National Urban League formed in 1910 –Worked to solve social problems of African Americans in cities –Assisted people moving from rural South to urban North

26 The Trial of Leo Frank 1913: man accused of killing a 14-year-old employee, Mary Phagan in Atlanta1913 Mr. Frank was a Jewish man from New York Little evidence against Mr. Frank, but he was convicted and sentenced to death Governor Slaton changed death sentence to life imprisonment Armed men took Frank from the prison, and he was lynched White supremacist Ku Klux Klan reborn as a result Click to return to Table of Contents.

27 Section 4: Business in Georgia ESSENTIAL QUESTION – How did Georgia businesses grow during the progressive era?

28 Section 4: Business in Georgia What words do I need to know? – scrip

29 Section 4: Business in Georgia What people do I need to know? –Alonzo Herndon –Asa Candler –Morris Rich

30 Business in Georgia 1895: Cotton States and International ExpositionCotton States and International Exposition –800,000 visitors in three months –designed to show economic recovery in the South –encouraged investments in southern businesses

31 Rich’s Famous Atlanta department storedepartment store Started in 1867 by Morris Rich Known as a store “with heart” –took farmers’ produce in payment –took teachers’ scrip as money during the Great Depression Grew to be a regional shopping chain

32 Coca-Cola Invented in Atlanta in 1885 by John S. Pemberton as tonicAtlanta Business purchased and expanded by Asa Candler Sold company in 1919 for $25 million Robert Woodruff grew company to billions of dollars in sales each year Woodruff and Candler generous givers to worthy causes

33 Atlanta Mutual Insurance Company Alonzo Herndon started barber business 1905: Purchased small insurance company and managed it well Now one of the largest African American businesses in the US Worth over $200 million and operates in 17 states Click to return to Table of Contents.

34 Section 5: World War I ESSENTIAL QUESTION – How did Georgians contribute to World War I?

35 Section 5: World War I What words do I need to know? –World War I –neutral –propaganda –armistice

36 World War I 1914-1918 Allied Powers Leading Countries Central Powers Leading Countries France Great Britain Russia (United States joined in 1917) Germany Austria-Hungary President Woodrow Wilson declared the US would be a neutral country.

37 Eugene Jacques Bullard First black African American combat pilot – from Columbus, GA Enlisted in French Foreign Legion: 1914 Flew combat missions against Germany US Army Air Force refused his services

38 The United States Enters the War President Wilson worked to keep the US out of the war 1915: German submarine sank passenger ship Lusitania killing 128 AmericansLusitania 1917: sub attacks resumed sinking American ships Zimmerman telegram: Germany tried to get Mexico to attack the US Wilson finally joined the Allied powersAllied powers

39 Georgia and World War I ±100,000 Georgians volunteered to join the US armed forces Training in Georgia at Camp Benning, Fort McPherson, and Camp Gordon helped Georgia economy Georgians contributed manufactured goods and farm produce 3,000 young Georgians killed in the war Ended November 11, 1918

40 Atlanta Fire May 21, 1917 Lasted 10-12 hours Seventy city blocks destroyed 6,000-10,000 people left homeless Click to return to Table of Contents.


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