Industrialization & Progressivism: Humanizing the Machine & Mechanizing the Human

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
10:00–11:30 a.m. (EST) Enter Classroom Enter Forum


Henry Binford

Associate Professor of History
Northwestern University
National Humanities Center Fellow

About the Seminar

What constituted progress during the Progressive era? How did Americans define the "old" and "new," "backward" and "progressive" during this period? How did economic and industrial ideas and methods influence other areas of American life during the Progressive era?

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Assigned Readings

  1. Machinery Hall” on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s website about the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.
  2. Frederick Winslow Taylor, The Principles of Scientific Management, chapter 2; note and discussion questions.
  3. Christine Frederick, The New Housekeeping (excerpts); note and discussion questions.

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