Ch 25: American Industrialization & Urbanization

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This chapter on American industrialization and urbanization includes an examination of the individuals and significant events that led the Second Industrial Revolution. Take a look at the positives and negatives of such men as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt and important developments during this time period.

American Industrialization & Urbanization - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides lessons on the urbanization of American society and how America became the industrial leader of the world. Analyze the revolution in agriculture technology and how it ushered in the market revolution in America. Discover how the Second Industrial Revolution was accompanied by dangerous and difficult working conditions.

Additional lesson information includes:

  • Robber barons and Andrew Carnegie
  • Biography of John D. Rockefeller
  • Accomplishments of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the success of the railroads
  • Inventions that led to the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Factory system and the Market Revolution
  • Second Industrial Revolution's perilous labor conditions
  • Problems of urbanization during this time period in America
  • Trends in urbanization and how urban populations were impacted by the Industrial Revolution

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8 Lessons in Chapter 25: American Industrialization & Urbanization
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Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons

1. 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.

John D. Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Timeline

2. John D. Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Timeline

John D. Rockefeller was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and one of the greatest philanthropists in United States History. His actions as a businessman and industrialist set standards for government policies in the regulation of monopolies.

Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Railroad: Accomplishments & Facts

3. Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Railroad: Accomplishments & Facts

In this lesson, we explore the American industrialist, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and his railroad empire. As a keen businessman, Vanderbilt was highly successful owning transportation companies.

The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

4. The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. In this lesson, learn about the key inventions that spurred this revolution.

American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution

5. American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution

New agricultural technology revolutionized the North, South and West. In this lesson, learn how that technology ushered in the Market Revolution in America.

Labor Conditions During the Second Industrial Revolution

6. 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.

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

7. 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 Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

8. The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

People live in many different places: cities, suburbs, and the country. In this lesson, we'll look at historical and modern trends having to do with cities, including how the Industrial Revolution and urban renewal programs impacted urban populations.

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