Reflective question for Lesson 1.1: How does the Redeemers (Southern white elites who were in power before the war) regain control? What are they "redeeming?"
Reflective Question for Lesson 1.2: Analyze the Indian policy of the US government. What promises had been made to the Indians? What promises were broken?
Reflective Question for Lesson 1.3: Why does the People's Party organize? What is the platform of the party (Omaha Platform)?
Reflective Question for Lesson 1.4: What factors prevented large scale social, economic, and political change in the South?
Reflective Question for Case Study 1.1: Briefly describe the reasons for Geronimo's continued resistance to American authority as presented in the documentary. https://elearn.uta.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-8144320-dt-content-rid-141015736_2/xid-141015736_2
Reflective Question for Case Study 1.2: The documentary over Carnegie discussed both positive and negative aspects of his actions as a business owner. You have also been introduced to the concept of Robber Baron v Captain of Industry in a previous lesson. What actions, as presented in the documentary, can be considered those of a robber baron (a more pejorative interpretation of actions)? What actions, as presented in the documentary, can be considered those of a captain of industry (a more positive interpretation)? How would you categorize Carnegie, is he more of a robber baron or captain of industry?
Reflective Question 2.1: What are the key points (both for and against) in the domestic debate over having an empire?
Reflective Question 2.2: How are minorities in the U.S. treated in the late 19th/early 20th centuries? Which groups are assimilated? Which are segregated? Why?
Reflective Question 2.3: Why does the U.S. wish to remain neutral in WWI? Who is most opposed to the war? Why?
Reflective Question Case Study 2.1: Whose tactics, Alice Paul's or Susan B Anthony's, do you think more important for the final push for ratification of the 19th Amendment?
Explanation & Answer
Question one; Redeemers control in the south
After the end of civil war, the federal government initiated reconstruction programs as
well as creating relations between white and African Americans. It is during this time that a
group known as redeemers surfaced in the south. The white elites gained control of the south by
minimizing the efforts of federal government intervention in the south. The existence of terrorist
groups that created fear among civil rights groups and support from Confederate veterans helped
the redeemers gain control. The corrective objective of redeemers was to restore the old order of
the south by hindering the reconstruction programs. They wanted to remove African Americans
from political power and restrict overall rights to equality. The group ideology was to limit the
political power of the state that would benefit the whites.
Question two; Indian U.S policy
The United States government initiated several policies that aimed at ending violence
between Indian and Americans. In 1871, the government initiated the peace policy to minimize
conditions that facilitate conflicts. The peace policy was agreed upon in funfair that saw the
consolidation of all western communities. The government enacted a reservation policy to place
Indians in one area and keep them away from violence. The reservation policy was followed by
off-reservation policy where the government built boarding schools and promised education for
Indian children. In the 1880s, the government initiated the allotment policy, which entailed
subdivision of reservation land to Indian families to promote assimilation. The government failed
to provide peace among Indians due to failure in the management of peace policy. The allotment
policy, which meant to assimilate Indians, ended up with the dispossession of land from Indians.
Question three; People Party
Leaders in the populist movement founded the people party in 1891 to fight for the rights
of farmers and landowners. The populist movements represented the nation’s agricultural sector,
which was facing many challenges. The party had formed a coalition with the farmer’s alliance
to strengthen the movement ability to tackles farmers challenges. The challenges included debt
burden, which was facilitated by an increase in interest rates from the bank and shortened loan
terms. The people’s party adopted the Omaha platform, which outlined its objectives as well as
solutions for the challenges facing the farmers. Their targets included coinage of silver to gold in
a ratio of 16:1, regulation of banks to protect farmers from exploitation, and freedom to control
farmers market particularly the prices.
Question four; Factors that prevented large scale social, economic, and political change in
The federal government enacted policies that would facilitate reconstruction of the nation
after the end of civil war. However, the reconstruction policies faced significant resistance in the
south, which was facilitated by several factors. These factors include the existence of terrorist
groups such as Ku Klux Klan, which developed fear among individuals fighting for the civil
rights of African Americans. The groups reverse the policies enacted to achieve equality in
society by restoring white supremacy in the south. The failure by the government institutions to
ensure equality among black Americans and white Americans created disparity in society.
Inadequate resources and uneven distribution of public resources hindered economic
development in the areas that were occupied by black people. Besides, the removal of black
American from political leadership posts escalated mistreatment of African Americans in the
south. Changes in the voting righ...