HIS 206 CU Wk 5 The US History Big Business Monopolies Case Study

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Pick one (1) of the following topics. Then, address the corresponding questions/prompts for your selected topic. Use at least one (1) documented example of the corresponding primary source in your writing.

Option 1: Big Business (Monopolies) and Exploitation of Workers
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Browse and read one (1) of the following:

Then, address the following:

  • Explain if big business leaders were "captains of industry," "shrewd businessmen," or "robber barons."
  • Based on one of the resources noted for this option, assess American working conditions and exploitation of workers in the Age of Industry.
  • Analyze the role that government played in reforming American working conditions.
  • Explain the benefits of the Federal Government regulations of monopolies.
  • Analyze which progressive presidents attained economic justice and reform for workers.

Option 2: Who is A Progressive?
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Then, address the following:

  • According to Roosevelt, what are the characteristics of a progressive?
  • Explain and give examples of the characteristics of "anti-progressives."
  • Trace what types of activities "anti-progressives" engaged in?
  • Analyze the goals of progressivism.
  • Explain what areas of society progressives addressed?
  • Analyze the progressive achievements Roosevelt highlights in his speech?

Option 3: World War I
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Then, address the following:

  • Trace the origins of World War I, and assess if the world war was inevitable in 1914?
  • Explain if it was possible for the United States to maintain neutrality in World War I. If yes, explain how. If no, explain why not.
  • Analyze if the United States should have entered World War I to make the world safe for democracy.
  • Analyze if the Treaty of Versailles was a fair and effective settlement for lasting world peace.
  • Explain if the United States Senate should have approved of the Treaty of Versailles.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 3-4 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page
  • In-text citations that correspond with your end references

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Running Head: WORLD WAR 1


World War I



World War I

Running Head: WORLD WAR 1


As what President Woodrow Wilson have mentioned "This is a war that will end all
wars”( Samet, 2020).
In 1914, when the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated, this resulted
in what globally known as the "Great War." This war lasted until 1918, where defying collisions
between the Central Powers consisting of Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, and the
Ottoman Empire against the Allied Powers, including France, Italy, Japan, Romania, Russia,
Great Britain, and the United States. Robust military equipment and warfares have created
massive and tremendous destruction, death, and loss on both parties. Although the Allied Powers
was deemed triumphant, the unprecedented chaos of WW1 has claimed over 16 million lives,
which significantly affect and burdens the whole world (Stepp, 2014). The victory led to various
negotiations and the notable Treaty of Versailles –initially thought as the answer; however, the
beginning of World War II says otherwise. Today, the horrifying occurrence and the succeeding
events are still considered persecution of all lives, which will always be remembered.
World War I : An Inevitable War
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand has immediately ignited and led to
Austria's given ultimatum; terms deemed not plausibly acceptable: Serbia and its European allies

waged war through the mobilization of its army and appeal to the Russian government for
military aid. On the 28th of July, the bloodshed on both the Western Front and the Eastern front
between the European nations started: Belgium, Russia, Great Britain, France to topple the
combined powers of Germany, Austria, and Hungary (History, 2020).
When the war broke out, the United States of America and President Woodrow Wilson
have remained neutral, promoting and strengthening economic prowess through commerce and

Running Head: WORLD WAR 1


transportation of both goods and passengers to and from the opposing nations. However, the
aggression of the German submarine vessels towards merchant ships, the sinking of Lusitania, a
British liner carrying passengers, and the Zimmerman Telegram has led to several outcry and
protests from the American citizens– outraged, President Wilson appears before the Congress on
the 2nd of April 1918 to declare war against Germany (History, 2020).
When the Allied Powers have settled: eyeing victory against the Central Powers, deadly
wars began, accompanied with the vested war loans: it was inevitable, from massive invasion of
the Gallipoli Peninsula, Battle of the Isonzo, attacks in naval powers, warplanes, deployment of
massive infantries, cavalries, to Armistice, this war was nothing but constant bloodshed (History,
Towards Democracy
Nearly a decade post World War 1, the horrifying and haunting events still thrives to most

Americans, commemorating all the lives lost. However, the conflict was not just to preserve
diplomatic affairs, economic prowess, and interests, but as President Woodrow has claimed, to
"make the world safe for democracy"(United States Mint, ...

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