[Answered] HIST405N-Week 5 Discussion: Industrialization, Imperialism, and America’s Entry Into WWI

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 17 (section 17.4), 18 (section 18.3), 19 (sections 19.1, 19.2), 21 (sections 21.2, 21.4)
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, pick two (2) of the following categories representing minority groups during 1880-1914:

  • Women’s rights activists
  • African Americans
  • Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe
  • Child workers
  • Great Plain Indians

Then, address the following for your selections:

  • Explain the socio-economic status and challenges of your minority groups at the turn of the century.
  • How did the Industrial Revolution affect your chosen minority groups?
  • Analyze how the Progressives brought reform to your selected minority groups. Do you find that the Progressives were successful in making government responsive and improve the conditions of your chosen minority group?

Follow-Up Posts
Compare your selections and analysis of selections with those of your peers. If they chose different groups, examine how yours are similar and/or different. If they chose the same groups, build on their posts by providing additional information about the groups that you have not already noted in your own post.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


Minority groups were popular between 1880 and 1914; child employees were popular because they could be paid less and work harder. In other cases, child laborers were able to fit into machinery and retrieve objects, resulting in injuries and damage (Corbett et al., 2014). The kids were also less likely to go on strike or cause a disturbance by protesting about their dirty and dangerous working conditions, and they worked night shifts regularly (U.S. History.org, 2020).

Many of these children were immigrants, or their families were poor, or they owned farms where the father could stay at home and plow the land while the children worked. Most families couldn’t afford to keep their children at home, so they looked for other families to labor for or places to work (Schuman, 2017). Their housing was deplorable, and a family with two adults and children could only afford a two-bedroom apartment (Schuman, 2017). Women were likewise paid significantly less than men, and their working circumstances were extremely difficult ….please click the purchase button to access the entire solution at $5