Essay instructions – You must fully address the questions below in approximately 3-8 typed pages for each. Please confine your answers to the dates specified. Each essay section is worth 50% of the total exam grade. Late essays will not be accepted! If you are going to be absent, you must still submit your essay on Sakai.
Given that this is a take home exam and you have a week to work on these essays, it is expected that you will be accurate and precise with your analysis. You are allowed to use your notes and textbook. Please provide page numbers for material pulled directly from the textbook. I do not require or recommend using outside material including online resources. If you do use any outside sources, you are required to provide full citation of these materials. Remember that all students will be held to the standards of academic integrity required of college students and participants in this class.
Consider class relations in United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. Using specific examples, discuss the relationship between big business and the American working class in this environment of economic growth. What features of America’s economy led to the creation of an urban working class? What attempts were made to define and unite the working class, both urban and rural, in the late 19th century? What was the government’s reaction to unionization during the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age? How did the Progressive Era reforms demonstrate a change in this response? Please focus your answer on the period 1863-1916.
Consider the impact of consumerism and marketing on modern definitions of success. Using specific examples, discuss America’s upper, middle, and lower class definitions of “success”. What factors are the most important to defining and achieving social success and acceptance in past century? What avenues are available for social mobility? What hindrances limit the opportunity for social advancement? Has this changed over time? * Please focus your answer post-1917.
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