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Semester 1

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Semester 2:
The US through the 20th Century

Stage One: The Progressive Era

01/20/01: Does money really talk or should it take a walk?
Daphne studies the stock market crash of 1929. She visits the NYSE, talks to one of its members, and reads up on the phenomenon known as "buying on margin." She also mentions some of the safeguards instituted by the government after the crash, such as the creation of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

01/17/01: We've got borax. We've got rat poop. We've got America's meat factories
Daphne details the disgusting conditions of Chicago's meatpacking industry as described by Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," the muckracking book that was published in 1906 and prompted the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Beef Inspection Act.

01/20/01: Does money really talk or should it take a walk?
Daphne visits Terre Haute, Indiana, home of Eugene V. Debs, America's most famous Socialist. She details Debs' rise into Socialism and his arguments against the existing capitalist system. She also describes the conditions faced by the working class, which led to Debs' rise in popularity, and his bid for the presidency five times, in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912 and 1920.

01/20/01: Final exam grades for sale!...For real?
Kids' Version of Daphne's discussion of Progressivism and Wisconsin's Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette. He served as Congressman, Governor and Senator for the state of Wisconsin, before running for President in 1924 under the Progressive Party.

02/03/01: Women voters: You've come a long way, baby!
Daphne explores the life of Carrie Chapman Catt, president of NAWSA and life-long advocate of suffrage movement and world peace. She visits Charles City, Iowa and meets the head of the National 19th Amendment Society. She tours Catt's partly-restored home and ponders the low voter turn-outs of the last elections. She also describes the mission of the League of Women Voters.

02/03/01: An "untouchable" tour of a former gangster's paradise
Daphne and Becky tour Chicago and learn about the gangsters that dominated it during Prohibition. They find out all kinds of things about Al Capone, including the facts behind the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre. And they debate the passage of the 18th Amendment, including the influence of the women's temperance movement.

02/24/01: Eleanor Roosevelt: An incomparable pioneer
Daphne explores the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and highlights some of her achievements, including her work with the United Nations and her role in writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She details how Eleanor fought prejudice, apathy and ignorance: for example, she resigned from the DAR to protest its refusal to host an African American singer. Finally, she notes some of Eleanor Roosevelt's most famous quotes.

03/03/01: In Their Own Words: The Berlin Airlift Revisited
In order to find out all she can about the Berlin Airlift, Daphne meets with the Founder of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation (BAHF) as well as a veteran and member of the Berlin Airlift Veterans' Association (BAVA). Both relay stories about the Airlift and show off C-54 cargo planes, the kind used by the US Air Force. She also describes the details surrounding the Airlift, including operation "Easter Parade."

03/24/01: A fish, a bicycle and a woman named Gloria
Daphne explores the women's rights movement of the '60s and '70s, emphasizing the creation of Ms. magazine and the National Organization for Women (NOW). She pays particular attention to feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. Finally, she condemns the backlash against the feminist movement and issues a call to arms for the younger generation of feminists everywhere!

04/14/01: Let's not fight anymore!!!
Daphne's Iran hostage crisis dispatch. Includes information on trekker Neda and her family's flight from Iran.

05/05/01: Daphne - The Odyssey Trek: A cult of the BEST kind!
Daphne bids the US Trek farewell with her last dispatch.