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Ch 13: HiSET: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)

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As you prepare for the HiSET high school equivalency exam, watch these videos to improve your knowledge of the events that took place when many American settlers were either moving west or moving into urban cities in search of new opportunities.

HiSET: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900) - Chapter Summary

When preparing for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) Social Studies you will want to review the events that influenced the westward expansion and Second Industrial Revolution that took place between 1870 and 1900. Watch our professional instructors in these videos as they discuss the causes and effects of U.S. settlers moving west and the policies and movements that came out of the urbanization of the East. After viewing these videos, you should be prepared to answer questions on:

  • The Homestead Act of 1862
  • Impact of the transcontinental railroad
  • Conquest and assimilation of Native Americans during the Gilded Age
  • Advances, people and politics of the Gilded Age
  • Labor conditions and unionization of the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Immigration and the rise of Nativism in industrial America
  • Effects and problems of urbanization in the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Middle class opportunities during the Second Industrial Revolution

If you have questions about any of these topics, you can ask our instructors for clarification so that you quickly master the material. This chapter also includes lesson worksheets and quizzes to help you review the information presented in the videos. Use the results from the quizzes to identify areas you don't understand, then reinforce your understanding of these topics with video tags that are linked to key spots in the lessons. Lesson transcripts are available that present the material in an alternative written format.

HiSET: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900) Objectives

HiSET Social Studies is one of five subtests of the HiSET high school equivalency exam. Test takers of the HiSET Social Studies are given 70 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. Of these questions, 38% percent are on history. The objective of this chapter is to prepare you for related questions in the history section.

13 Lessons in Chapter 13: HiSET: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
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Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

1. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

2. Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

After decades of wrangling, plans were finalized for construction of a transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. After completion in 1869, the railroad changed many aspects of American life, for better or worse.

Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

3. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.

Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

4. 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

5. 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.

Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons

6. 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.

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.

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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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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