Project #70953 - History 5b 2 essays (500 words per)

Discuss why you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was more of a progressive than was Theodore Roosevelt." Your answer should reflect a comprehension of the political philosophies of Wilson and Roosevelt and how their philosophies differed. Give specific reasons that will support your opinion. 

3. One of the most violent confrontations between workers and employers took place in 1914 at the Ludlow, Colorado, coal mine, which was owned by the Rockefeller family.

Assess the social, economic, and political significance of the strike and respond to each of the following questions (a, b, and c) in one or two well-formed paragraphs. Support your responses with evidence from the readings. Because one of the referenced Web sites gives you access to the archaeology of the Ludlow coal field, you may use as supporting evidence the artifacts found at the site, such as the religious symbols, the cans in the trash pit, and the pistol with bullets still in its cylinder.

  1. Read the comments of federal mediator, Ethelbert Stewart, of Rockefeller, and of other officials at American Experience - The Rockefellers - Special Features - The Ludlow Massacre (Links to an external site.). Then read Woody Guthrie's The Ludlow Massacre (Links to an external site.). For a list of the striker's demands and more information about the massacre, read and review the contents of Colorado Coal Field War Project (Links to an external site.). Pay particular attention to the information on the site about coal field archaeology.

    It is important that you understand the tone and meaning of Ethelbert Stewart's comments before you answer the following questions:

    What would Woody Guthrie's miner say to Stewart? What would Rockefeller tell him? Would Stewart agree with the miner or with Rockefeller? Why or why not?

  2. What does the evidence discovered in the archaeology pits in Ludlow tell you about the strike and the miners? Does it support Rockefeller's interpretation of events or Woody's?

  3. Think carefully about what you have learned so far about Rockefeller and big business, labor, and the working conditions of the miners.

Based on what you have learned from the readings in the textbook, the documents, and other sources, do you think that Stewart, as federal mediator, could have prevented the strike and its consequences? Support your argument with evidence from the readings.

 

Subject History
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/14/2015 12:00 am
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