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(1878-1913) Gilded Age & Progressive Era


Dramas of Haymarket
The 1886 Haymarket bombing in Chicago is one of the seminal events in American labour history. Dramas, a joint project of the Chicago Historical Sociery and Northwestern University, presents a detailed look at the bombing, the context in which it occured, and its continuing legacy. The site is creatively organized and well illustrated.
Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire - San Francisco
A product of the Museum of the City of San Francisco, The Great Earthquake offers newspaper clippings, eyewitness accounts, a timeline, a list of victims, Police & Fire Department reports, maps, and many photographs.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower East Side allows you to enter the unsavory tenement houses of New York in the early 1900s. The Museum aims "to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America." - Mission. An extensive Tenement Encyclopedia is included.
The World of 1898: Spanish American War
Online presentation with sections about the countries involved and some  of the fascinating personalities who participated in the fighting or  commented about it. Information draws on a variety of pictorial and textual  material from bilingual sources.
Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
Theodore Roosevelt was a leading figure in domestic and foreign affairs during the Progressive Era. "This presentation features 104 films which record events in Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919." - Intro. The site is part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
Triangle Factory Fire - Near closing time on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out . . .
"The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, is one of the worst disasters since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution." - Intro. This Web exhibit is maintained by Cornell University Library and includes photos, a list of victims, primary documents, and information on the trial and reform efforts that followed the fire.
Votes for Women Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
This collection includes "photographs of suffrage parades, picketing suffragists, and an anti-suffrage display." Intro. The site is part of the Library of Congress American Memory project and includes a link to the closely related text site Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, 1848-1920.
World's Columbian Exposition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath
"Chicago's World's Fair of 1893 was an incredibly popular and immensely influential social and cultural event. Millions of Americans experienced the Fair during its six months of existence on the shores of Lake Michigan, and millions more have lived with its legacy throughtout the twentieth century." - Intro. You too can visit the Fair through this hypertextual thesis at the University of Virginia.

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