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Robert Kennedy's United States History Class

Learning Objective IV

Watch the film Triangle Shirt-Waist Fire, 1911 and respond to the following questions:

1. Identify the challenges faced by immigrants to America in the late 19th and early 20th century (e.g., the tension and disparities between American ideals and reality)?

2. Identify, the struggle for gender equality and the extent of women's progress toward economic opportunity, social equality, and political rights

3. Identify some of the unfair working conditions faced by the garment factory workers.

4. What challenges did the business owners, Harris and Blanke face?

5. Identify the changing scope of government regulations; the role of such regulations in promoting competition and worker safety; the ongoing debate over having more or less government regulation of business; and the fact that government regulations are sometimes instituted in response to illegal or unethical business practices.

6. From the lecture: identify specific examples that underscore the six big problems faced by progressive activists:

--Confusion of Ethics

--Trust Regulations

--Uneven Distribution of Wealth

--The Rise of the American Cities

--Political Corruption

--Race and Gender Relations