Assignment 2: Industrialization and the Rise of a Regulated Economy
For History 105: Dr. Stansbury’s classes
Due Week 6 and worth 120 points. The formal deadline is on Monday morning at 9am Eastern Time; this is the next day after Week 6 ends. Watch announcements, emails, and postings for exact dates and any holiday notes that sometimes arise.
[NOTE ON ECREE: The university is adopting a tool called ecree for helping and doing writing assignments in many classes. In our History 105 class, we will be using the ecree program only for EXTRA CREDIT as a tool for doing work on your rough draft of the paper. We hope this approach encourages more rough drafting and revision work by students as well as makes students familiar with this useful new tool. For Assignment 2, in the Week 6 unit, you will see the link “EXTRA CREDIT: ROUGH DRAFT….”—that is where you can get up to 5 points of extra credit. Instructions will be posted there in the early days of the summer course. If you try this option, you will be able to use the file developed in ecree as a rough draft; you will then download that draft and edit it further. Then, once your paper is fully polished and finished as you see fit, you will then submit it at the next link in the Week 6 unit, which says “SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT 2: INDUSTRIALIZATION AND THE RISE ……”. ]
BACKGROUND FOR THE PAPER: This is a 5-paragraph paper based on research in designated sources. It is a position paper in which you support a thesis statement by reason and historical examples. The United States went through dramatic economic change after the Civil War, as industrialization spread rapidly and changed society. This transformation and some of the apparent abuses that developed (monopolistic practices, work conditions, low wages, arbitrary and oppressive expectations) led to an increased role of the government in regulating businesses and society. Government might intervene on the side of business owners for a variety of reasons. Or it might intervene on the side of workers. Or it might intervene for more general reasons. This role was heightened as government was viewed as the arbiter between business and organized labor. One can explore these developments from 1865 on through to the end of the 1930s. Examine the two statements below and drawing from provided sources, present a paper with specific examples and arguments to demonstrate the validity of your position. [Don’t use this background paragraph in your paper.]
Topic and Thesis Statement—choose one of the following as your Thesis Statement:
THESIS STATEMENT 1. From the late 1800s to the end of the 1930s, increasing government interventions and regulations of business tended to help the overall economy and the common workers.
THESIS STATEMENT 2. From the late 1800s to the end of the 1930s, increasing government interventions and regulations of business tended to hurt the overall economy and the common workers.
After giving general consideration to your readings so far and any research (using sources listed on this sheet), select one of the positions above as your position—your thesis. (Sometimes after doing more thorough research, you might choose the reverse position. This happens with critical thinking and inquiry. Your final paper might end up taking a different position than you originally envisioned.) Organize your paper as follows, handling these issues with this FOUR-PART organization (see TEMPLATE also):
After the fourth part concluding the paper, be sure you have the numbered list of sources at the end. And be sure each source listed is also used and cited clearly in the body of the paper. The FORMAT SAMPLE paper illustrates this.
Length: The paper should be 500-to-750 words in length. 500 is a minimum. 750 is a guideline as a maximum. This word-count does not include any title page or sources list.
Research and References: You must use a MINIMUM of three sources; the Schultz textbook must be one of them. Your other two sources must be drawn from the list provided below on this instruction sheet. This is guided research, not Googling.
Source list for Assignment 2: Most primary sources listed below can be accessed via direct link on the list. For others on the list, they are accessible through the permalink at the end of the source entry. Those sources (listed below) have libdatab.strayer.edu as part of the URL—this is the permalink to that source in our university’s online library. (The link takes you to the library log-in; you then log in, and then the source appears for you right away). Each source below is shown in SWS form, so if you use it, you may easily copy the entire entry onto your paper’s sources list. (On a paper, never list an item as URL link only.)
SWS Form for the textbook:
Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Choose sources relevant to the topic government economic interventions and the position you are taking:
D. P. Del Mar. 1998. Region and Nation: New Studies in Western U.S. History. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=957156&site=eds-live&scope=site
S. Gompers. 1914. The American Labor Movement: Its Makeup, Achievements, and Aspirations. http://wwphs.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_10640642/File/bugge/Chapter%2021/Gompers.pdf
S. M. Jacoby. Oct., 1983. Union Management Cooperation in the United States: Lessons from the 1920s. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=4462675&site=eds-live&scope=site
R. La Follette. 1924. La Follette’s Progressive Platform. http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/unprotected/ps/follette.html
T. C. Leonard. Spring, 2009. American Economic Reform in the Progressive Era: Its Foundational Beliefs and their Relation to Eugenics. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=36656984&site=eds-live&scope=site
H. D. Lloyd. June, 1884. The Lords of Industry from North American Review, 331. In Modern History Sourcebook. https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1884hdlloyd.asp
E. Rauchway. 2008. The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction. eBook. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=218056&site=eds-live&scope=site
Populist Party Platform. 1896.
Kevin M. Schultz. 2018. HIST: Volume 2: U.S. History since 1865. 5th ed.
Upton Sinclair. 1906. Attack on the Meatpackers.
L. Steffens. 1904. The Shame of the Cities.
F. W. Taylor. 1911. The Principles of Scientific Management.
S. Vaheesan. Jan-Mar, 2019. The Progressives’ Secret Weapon. http://libdatab.strayer.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=133679932&site=eds-live&scope=site
J. Whitaker. 1871. The Impact of the Factory on Worker Health. Retrieved from
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