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Research Questions

Social Reform Movement Project - Content Info

The goal of this project is to use your research to tell a narrative story about your topic. The specific information you include in your final animation will vary depending on the story you choose to tell. There are some common topics you should focus your research on, however, including:

  • Who were the main people involved in your movement? What motivated them to start this movement or become involved?
  • When and where did your movement take place? Think both about the range of dates in which your movement occurred as well as the specific dates of important events.
  • What were some of the important events in your movement?
  • What did the people in your movement believe and why?
  • What problems was your movement trying to address and why did your movement's supporters think their solutions were good?
  • How popular was your movement? Who supported it and why? Who was opposed to it and why?
  • How did your movement begin? Did it end and if so, when and why?
  • What has been the legacy of your movement? Has there been a long-term impact?

You don't need to address all of these questions in your research and you might have other questions that you develop based on your initial reading.



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Useful Books

178 C88

Crooker, Joseph Henry, 1850-1931. Shall I drink. Boston, New York [etc.] : The Pilgrim press, [c1914].

178 D29

Davis, Edith Smith, 1859-1917. A compendium of temperance truth. [Evanston, Ill.] : National woman's Christian temperance union, n.d.

200.973 B964

Bushman, Claudia L. Mormons in America. New York : Oxford University Press, [1998], c1999.
Chronicles the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints beginning in America in the early 1800s and continuing to the present day throughout the world.

289.8 B937

Burns, Amy Stechler. The Shakers : hands to work, hearts to God : the history and visions of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing from 1774 to the present. New York : Portland House, [1990].
On t.p.: The history and visions of the United Society of Believers in Christ's second appearing from 1774 to the present.

289.8 M836

Morse, Flo. The story of the Shakers. Woodstock, VT : Countryman Press, 1986.

301.153 G971

Gusfield, Joseph R., 1923-. Symbolic crusade; status politics and the Ame. Urbana, : University of Illinois Press, 1963.

305.42 B455

Berkeley, Kathleen C. The women's liberation movement in America. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
An examination of the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, introducing the concepts of women's rights and women's liberation; discussing the origins of modern feminism; analyzing key issues that defined the feminist agenda; considering the backlash against feminism in the 1980s; and including biographical sketches, a chronology, a glossary, and other reference materials.

REF 301 En19

Encyclopedia of American social history. New York : Scribner ;, c1993.

REF 973 R227

The reader's companion to U.S. women's history. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1998.
Contains over 400 alphabetically arranged articles discussing women's experience in the U.S. from the earliest times including the Salem witch trials, feminist jurisprudence, the roles of women in Native American religions, and how women have been instrumental in the labor movement.



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