ERIC Number: ED330635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-25
Reference Count: N/A
Pageantry and Progressivism: A Case Study.
A Boston pageant, "Cave Life to City Life," created in 1920 as part of a city-wide reform effort, called "Boston-1915," is discussed. This pageant, typical of hundreds produced during the Progressive Era, was meant as an artistic and teaching vehicle for the community to address serious social problems. Social workers, civic leaders, and innovators in education, theater, dance, and music joined forces to produce these huge spectacles as a way of facilitating change and making art an integral part of everyone's life. The extensive planning of "Cave Life to City Life," and the four episodes into which the pageant was divided are described. Pageants created in other U.S. cities during this era are discussed, as well as the role of pageantry in the context of the Progressive Era. Secondary social studies teachers interested in teaching about the Progressive Era of U.S. history can use the information presented for classroom instruction. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston); Pageants; Progressive Era
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians (Washington, DC, March 22-25 1990).