Smithsonian

Innovations

Directions

The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A–I and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. High scores will be earned only by essays that both cite key pieces of evidence from the documents and draw on outside knowledge of the period. Some of the documents have been edited. In some cases, wording and punctuation have been modernized.

Question

Industrialization improved the political, social, and economic quality of life of the American farmer and industrial worker between 1875 and 1910.

Assess the validity of this statement using Documents A–I and your knowledge of the period.

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