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Ch 48: American Urbanization & Industrialization

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Use these lessons to review urbanization and industrialization in America. Explore the development of labor unions, how politics affected urbanization and industrialization and how urbanization and industrialization shaped America.

American Urbanization & Industrialization - Chapter Summary

These lessons cover a scope of topics related to urbanization and industrialization in America. Refresh your memory on Gilded Age politics, the effect that immigration had on America during the Industrial Revolution, and the labor unions that organized during this same time period. You will also cover the opportunities that became available to middle class citizens in American cities during the second Industrial Revolution. After completing these lessons, you will be able to do the following:

  • Explain conflicts between organized labor and management during the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Discuss the effects and problems of urbanization
  • Review the political machines and civil service reform of the Gilded Age
  • Understand nativism
  • Restate the economic policies of this time period
  • Outline the industrial developments of the Gilded Age

These short, informative lessons were created by instructors who are experts in these areas. The lessons give information that is easy to understand and include self-assessment quizzes that allow you to check your learning. The assessments can be taken online, or printed so that they can be studied offline as well. As you complete the assessments, the personal dashboard denotes your progress so that you are aware of your overall performance in this study guide.

7 Lessons in Chapter 48: American Urbanization & Industrialization
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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.

Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism

5. 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

6. 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.

Middle Class Opportunities in American Cities During the Second Industrial Revolution

7. 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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