Downtown Riverside Field Trip

Alanna Murdock, Mrs. Sandoval, Period 6

Why did the US finally enter World War One?

President Wilson and the majority of America wanted to remain neutral in the war for as long as possible, but two main events changed the mindset of the country. The Germans began using their U-boats and unrestricted submarine warfare to sink ships in the Atlantic, including American ships. In 1917, a telegraph - known as the Zimmerman Telegraph - was deciphered that said the Germans would fund a Mexican revolution against the US if they allied with Germany in the war.

What triggered the Boxer Rebellion & what was America's response to it?

Secret Chinese societies began organizing to kick out foreign control. One of the secret groups was known as the Boxers, and United States troops eventually stepped in to get rid of them.

How did the US acquire the Panama Canal Zone and how did the canal benefit the US?

President Teddy Roosevelt funded Panama's revolution against Columbia, and in return they allowed the US to build the Panama Canal. The canal cut off several hours from travel and was the only shortcut to go from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. This allowed resources to be moved quickly when needed.

What immigrant processing center did these Chinese immigrants most likely come through? Why was the Chinese Exclusion Act implemented?

Chinese immigrants most likely came through Angel Island off of San Francisco, California. Thousands of Chinese immigrants came to California during the gold rush in 1849. The Chinese Exclusion Act limited the number of Chinese immigrants because tensions were running high between immigrants and nativists from job competition.

What were 5 new consumer products that were created in the 1920s?

With the 20s being a prosperous time, new consumer products were made because people could now afford extras. Five of the new products include Band-Aids, zippers, Scotch tape, slice bread, toasters, and washing machines.

How are movie experiences today different from that in the 1920s? Provide at least 3 examples

In the 1920s, movies were silent, in black and white, and were often accompanied by a live piano for dramatic effect. People were also allowed to smoke in the theaters, which was very popular. The prices were way cheaper back in the 20s compared to now.

What was the Progressive Era a response to? & What reforms did it bring about?

The Progressive Era was a response to problems created from urbanization and industrialization. It brought about social, political, and regulation of business reforms.

Why were so many immigrants coming to America at the turn of the century?

Many immigrants came to America during a time of great industrialization for economic opportunities and religious freedom.

The hotel is designed to emulate California Missions. How many Spanish Missions were built in CA, what is their significance to the United States?

There are 21 Spanish Missions throughout California. The Roman Catholic church wanted to convert Native Americans to Christianity and teach them European farming methods.

Do you think the government was correct in granting the Mission Inn Hotel this honor?

I believe the government was correct in granting the Mission Inn Hotel this honor because it was a popular stopping point for many several guests, including presidents. Owners fought to keep the hotel looking presentable, and it is still thriving today.