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As Eric Foner observes, in your textbook, "Even as the idea of freedom expanded, freedom's boundaries contracted in Progressive America." (Foner, p. 545) Identify a specific, concrete example of this contradictory aspect of the Progressive era. This could be either an instance in which a newly recognized "right" or "freedom" came into conflict with a pre-existing one, or an incident in which notions of modern "progress" led to violations of the rights of individuals or groups during the Progressive era. In your essay, you should first identify the historical incident (which might be a labor strike, a well-known court case, or some other event) you are focusing on; and recount it including key details, dates, and historical context. Your discussion should then address the following questions: How does the example you identify represent an expansion of the "idea of freedom" with respect to previous decades (going back to Reconstruction)? How does it represent a "contraction" of freedom? Does it represent evolution in notions of the meaning of freedom and/or Americanness in the U.S.? Why or why not? In considering your selected historical event and its ramifications for the scope and meaning of freedom, you should provide analysis of the dynamics between race, class, and/or gender.
You should support your arguments with evidence from your textbook, assigned primary readings, and/or the lectures. You should not cite to any evidence from external sources (i.e., sources outside of the materials assigned for the course).
As Eric Foner observes, in your textbook, "Even as the idea of freedom expanded, freedom's boundaries contracted in Progressive America." (Foner, p. 545) Identify a specific, concrete example of this contradictory aspect of the Progressive era.