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Who Influenced the 1920's More:Great Persons or Civil Society?
Over the past month, we have studied how the forces and effects of industrialization produced profound changes in American society. We read McGeer's The Fierce Discontent and learned how unskilled labor from rural America, southern and central Europe poured into cities to work in industry and build urban infrastructure. The hardships, insecurity and diversity of working class life compressed in urban environments producing class conflict and rethinking of America's foundational values. Ironically, the commercial farmers who sold in a competitive market but bought in monopolized ones, were among the first to form self-help associations advocating government intervention on their behalf. And while the Populists failed, the urban middle-class Progressives took up farmers' demands, adding some of their own, and through associations goaded the government to mitigate the harshest aspects of industrialization and urbanization. We studied the Women's Suffrage and Prohibition Movement to understand how progressives employed state and national associations to change the U.S. Constitution.
Our current task is to analyze the process of cultural change so that we can recognize and influence those forces in contemporary American society. First, we will use the theories underlying the Great Man Continuum and Civil Society to identify and analyze who influenced the 1920's, 1980's and the present. Second, we will analyze how Muckrakers used media to produce social, political and economic change in the twentieth century. Finally, we will examine how contemporary Muckrakers influence civic discourse and government policy in the twenty-first century.

PART I: We will answer the guiding question--Who influenced the 1920's more: Great Persons's or Civil Society?-- in three tasks:
Task One-----------------------DESCRIBE YOUR TOPIC -----------------------------Due Tuesday, February 7Each topic includes an association or movement and an individual. Please write two extended power paragraphs that address the following prompt:Explain the achievements associated with your topic. Who and what were altered? Describe why both were significant in the 1920s. Explain the relationship between the individual and the association or movement.
  • Support the ideas in each paragraph with evidence from a minimum of three credible sources.
  • Select only signed sources from the LC databases--each source must have a credible author.
  • Establish the credibility of the author the first time a source is referenced.
  • Credit sources with internal citations and in a Works Cited.
  • Insert the Works Cited after the Third Task.
  • Post the paragraphs to the wiki. Timely posting of completed tasks earn 10 points.

Task Two-------------EVALUATE YOUR TOPICS INFLUENCE-----------------Due Friday, February 10Please write two extended power paragraphs which each cite a minimum of three credible sources. Discuss the scope of influence of your topic on the 1920s. How extensive was the influence? Which part of society was influenced? Did the change endure or stimulate additional changes? What is the topic's legacy? What impact did the topic have in the Twenty-First century.
Task Two-------------EVALUATE YOUR TOPICS INFLUENCE-----------------Due Friday, February 10Please write two extended power paragraphs which each cite a minimum of three credible sources. Discuss the scope of influence of your topic on the 1920s. How extensive was the influence? Which part of society was influenced? Did the change endure or stimulate additional changes? What is the topic's legacy? What impact did the topic have in the Twenty-First century.

Task Three----JUDGE THE IMPACT OF THE INDIVIDUAL & ASSOCIATION-------Due Feb. 15Now that you have a basic understanding of your topic, and you know the scope of its influence, explain the forces that produced or created the topic. Additionally, what were the driving forces behind the society's reaction to your topic? Use the criteria described in the the Great Man Continuum to determine your topics long-run influence on society. Place your topic on the continuum and justify the reasons for your placement. Please confine your analysis to two extended power paragraphs with each citing a minimum of three credible sources.
Quality Response to Task III will•explain the forces that produced or created your topic,•use the four Great Man Continuum criteria to analyze the topic's long-run influence on American society,
  1. explain the significance of the accomplishment,
  2. endurance of the legacy,
  3. extent of influence,
  4. impact on daily life.
•describe your topic's placement on the continuum and justify the reasons for your placement.
•develop your answer in two extended power paragraphs with each citing a minimum of three credible sources.
•Include correct research components such as credibility statement, internal citations, Works Cited entries

Applying the Great Man Theory to historical or contemporary personalities
When deciding where a person may fit on the continuum, think about what society was like at the time he/she was famous. Did the person change history because of their personal characteristics, or would history have gone on in a similar way without this person?

Great Man Criteria: Use a scale of 0-to 5 to evaluate the individual’s accomplishments, legacy, influence, and impact.
0=not at all, 1=little effect, 2=short run, 3=moderate, 4=wide-spread, 5=long run

Great Man Criteria
5=long-run
4=wide-spread
3=moderate
2=short run
1=little effect
0=not at all
SIGNIFICANCE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT






ENDURANCE OF LEGACY






EXTENT OF INFLUENCE






IMPACT ON DAILY LIFE






Civil Society Defined
Great Man Continuum

Individuals with high totals, mostly 5’s, should be placed close to Great Men; those with low scores near social determinism.


Great Man Continuum
Great -----------------------------------Event Making -------------------------------------Eventful -----------------------------------------Social
Men ------------------------------------------Hero ---------------------------------------------Hero ---------------------------------------Determinism

Rubric for all three tasks:
Outstanding paragraphs include the following elements:
✓ Accurate power paragraph format with each paragraph citing evidence from three different sources.
✓ Correct research components such as credibility statement, internal citations, Works Cited entries
✓ Thoughtful and thorough response to the each prompt
✓ A variety of sentences with interesting, clear diction