7pm "From The Gilded Age to the Roaring 20s" with Dr. Paul Benson

The Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth when industry and labor both became powerful.
 
Two major nationwide depressions—the Panic of 1873 and the Panic of 1893- hurt many Americans.
 
Reform crusades were mounted to established 8-hour working day,  end the use of child labor, prohibit the sale of alcohol, and bring in women's suffrage.
 
The Progressive Era was a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the United States that spanned from the 1890s to the 1920s. The main objectives of the Progressive movement were to end political corruption, bust the trusts and expand the national park system. Among the leading lights of the time were  Robert M. La Follette Sr., Charles Evans Hughes and William Jennings Bryan.
 
The Roaring Twenties refers to the decade of the 1920s in Western culture. It was a period of prosperity with a distinctive cultural style.  These were known as the crazy years emphasizing the era's social, artistic and cultural expansion. It all came crashing down with the advent of the Depression.
 
About Paul Benson:
 
From his beginning in 1965 as a teacher in the Freedom Schools of rural Alabama run by Tuskegee Institute to his appointment as Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Institute Slavery and the Constitution at the Library of Congress in 2018, Paul Benson has dedicated his career to enriching the lives of others through education. Winner of four national teaching awards, Dr. Paul Benson is a long-time Professor of Humanities at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas and Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University.
 
 “Paul Benson is a teacher’s teacher. He is a virtual Alexandria Library, Smithsonian, National Archives, and History Channel rolled into a remarkable spiritual/human being.” Jimmy Langkop, Langkop Seminars, June 2006