This week, you have examined the dramatic changes in America at the turn of the twentieth century. The “Populists, Progressives, and Laborers” historical readings for this week revealed that myriad reforms people called for in response to those dramatic changes. Drawing evidence from the historical readings for this week, compose an initial post highlighting one major motivation for coming to America. There are a number you could choose to focus on. Compose the initial post based on a thesis statement. A thesis is a focused argument based on your reading of the historical documents.
You are expected to pull evidence from multiple documents to support your argument. No outside sources are allowed. You may draw from the lectures and the textbook reading to help provide context BUT your post should draw evidence primarily from the historical readings for evidence.
In your post, be sure to:
State a clear thesis
Use evidence from the historical documents to support your claims
There are several questions you may ask to help you develop a thesis (you cannot answer all these questions—these are just examples): How did these reform movements compare? Did they want to achieve similar goals? Did they have similar values? Did they differ? Did they seek to work together? What were some of the key solutions offered by these reform movements? What were their views on government? What was their view of the individual? How did the dramatic changes in American culture affect these people? How had America changed in their opinions?
Your initial post of 300-400 words and response of 100 words are due as noted on the syllabus. Each response post should be a critique, pointing out to a fellow student ways he or she could improve, clarify, expand, etc.For more information on Laborers Dialogue read this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laborer