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Ch 45: American Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)

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Use these lessons to improve your understanding of America's growth during the second Industrial Revolution. Learn about important individuals, get information on politics during this period and study social movements and the changes they effected.

American Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900) - Chapter Summary

Let our lessons help you review information on U.S. economic policies, politics and the development of industry during the last part of the 19th century. Learn about important figures in business, government and literature. Other lessons look at social and labor movements and their impact.

You'll also get information on how life was changing for everyday Americans, including the move from rural areas to cities. After you've completed the videos in this chapter, you'll have a better understanding of topics including:

  • Developments in American industry, including the Bessemer process, new business models and scientific management
  • The works and style of Mark Twain
  • The Robber Barons
  • Madam C.J. Walker and her accomplishments
  • Labor conditions
  • Political machines
  • Urbanization
  • The Social Gospel Movement

You can study these lessons anytime, on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson let you assess your knowledge. If you need to review certain parts of the lessons, use the embedded video links to go right to the part you want to re-visit.

15 Lessons in Chapter 45: American Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
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Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

1. Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

With encouragement from the federal government, the Second Industrial Revolution transformed America from an agrarian nation into an industrial power. The mixed effects of these changes on the American people prompted Mark Twain to dub the period the 'Gilded Age.'

American Industry Development in the Gilded Age: Bessemer Process, Scientific Management & New Business Models

2. American Industry Development in the Gilded Age: Bessemer Process, Scientific Management & New Business Models

American industry was transformed in the Second Industrial Revolution but not just through mechanization. Find out how new methods of management and organization helped the development of big business.

Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

3. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.

Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons

4. Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons

The Second Industrial Revolution created enormous wealth for industrialists like Andrew Carnegie. These corporate leaders were sometimes called Robber Barons for their questionable business practices, but they were also well-known for their philanthropy.

Madam C.J. Walker: Biography, Inventions & Accomplishments

5. Madam C.J. Walker: Biography, Inventions & Accomplishments

In this lesson, we explore the life and career of Madam C.J. Walker. Born the daughter of sharecroppers, her rags-to-riches story is astonishing by the standards of any era.

Jane Addams' Impact on Education

6. Jane Addams' Impact on Education

Jane Addams serves as an outstanding example of how compassion and dedication can be used to support others. In this lesson, we will provide a brief background of her life but more specifically an in-depth look at her impact on education in the U.S.

Labor Conditions During the Second Industrial Revolution

7. Labor Conditions During the Second Industrial Revolution

In the period between the Civil War and World War I, the American economy - supported by industry rather than agriculture - boomed. But, not everything glittered in the Gilded Age. Learn about the difficult, dangerous conditions of work during the Second Industrial Revolution.

Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

8. Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

Refresh your memory of the 'Forgotten Presidents' of the Gilded Age, and learn how Civil Service Reform might have cleaned up the federal government, but not the cities and states. They were the domain of political machines, like Tammany Hall.

William McKinley: Facts, Biography, Presidency & Assassination

9. William McKinley: Facts, Biography, Presidency & Assassination

William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States. In this lesson, learn a bit about McKinley and his time in office, as well as his untimely assassination at the hands of a dubious anarchist.

Labor Unions During the Second Industrial Revolution: Organized Labor vs. Management

10. Labor Unions During the Second Industrial Revolution: Organized Labor vs. Management

Before American businesses had to comply with basic labor laws and safety regulations, workers organized to improve their working conditions. Learn about the early labor unions and their violent clashes with management and government.

The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

11. The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, farm prices fell and the federal government began supporting industry. Farmers first organized the Grange, a social movement that turned political with Farmers' Alliances. The Populist Party emerged to represent agrarian interests at the national level.

Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism

12. Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism

Between the Civil War and WWI, America experienced a massive third wave of immigration. Learn about where these immigrants came from, where they went and how 'native' Americans responded to them.

Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

13. Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

After the Civil War, America transformed from a rural nation to an urban nation. Learn where all those people came from and why. Using New York City as an example, you'll see some of the problems of urbanization and the steps they took to improve it.

The Social Gospel Movement: Definition and Goals of Urban Reform Movements

14. The Social Gospel Movement: Definition and Goals of Urban Reform Movements

Many Americans were desperately poor around the turn of the 20th century. The Social Gospel movement emerged among Protestant Christians to improve the economic, moral and social conditions of the urban working class.

Middle Class Opportunities in American Cities During the Second Industrial Revolution

15. Middle Class Opportunities in American Cities During the Second Industrial Revolution

In the late 1800s, a new middle class emerged in America. In this lesson, learn about new opportunities available to these urbanites, including technology, sports and leisure, education and the arts.

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