American Scholar And Activist Web Dubois

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Due: 9:00PM Thursday, July 16. Student Name: Lisa Schultz

A Biography of America: http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html

19. A Vital Progressivism
Professor Martin offers a fresh perspective on Progressivism, arguing that its spirit can be best seen in the daily struggles of ordinary people. In a discussion with Professors Scharff and Miller, the struggles of Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans are placed in the context of the traditional white Progressive movement.

How does Prof. Martin’s view treatment of Progressivism differ from that of other historians?
African American scholar and activist WEB DuBois forecasted that the problem of the 20th century was the problem of the color line. He wants to argue that the Progressive spirit can be clearly seen in the group based struggles of blacks to realize the hopes and dreams, notwithstanding often overwhelming obstacles. A fundamental aspect of Progressivism was the continuing freedom struggles of blacks. After Reconstruction, the place of blacks was a separate and restricted world.

How did white prejudices cause hardships for Blacks and Indians?
After Reconstruction, the place of blacks was a separate and restricted world. Lynching was aimed at keeping blacks in their place. Extralegal and legal violence went along with economic suppression. A type of neo-slavery developed including sharecropping that kept blacks shackled. Whites created segregation systems known as Jim Crow. Segregation
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