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Impact of Science & Technology on American Society - Chapter Summary
Studying these lessons will improve understanding of the effects of science and technology on American society. Subject matter includes the role of science and technology in shaping history, the timeline and inventions of the Second Industrial Revolution, and the effects and problems of urbanization. Additional lesson topics are:
- Revolutions involving agriculture and transportation
- Events and innovations of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.
- Examples and impacts of western civilization at the end of the 19th century
- Urban education during the Progressive Era
- Summary of western civilization since 1945
Lessons are all short, with video lessons having a 5-10 minute average run time. Each has a multiple-choice quiz for self-assessment. It is easy to make progress on these studies by logging in on a mobile device and taking a few minutes to complete the next lesson.
1. How Science and Technology Shape History
We invite you to discover how science and technology have completely shaped and changed the course of human history, from the wheel to the combustion engine to medicine to the internet, in this lesson.
2. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.
3. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads
In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.
4. The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations
This lesson examines the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the United States. We will highlight key developments and innovations and explore how the Industrial Revolution transformed society.
5. 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.
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.
7. Advancements in Western Civilization at the End of the 19th Century: Examples & Impact
The end of the 19th century was a time when the workers of Europe had more money to spend and more time to engage in leisure activities. In this lesson, learn about changes in leisure activities, health, education, and women's rights.
8. Education During the Progressive Era: Reform & Growth of Urban Education
Social and political reform during the Progressive Era of American history led to major advancements in public education. In this lesson, we'll examine three of those advancements: the spread of high schools, urban education, and teacher training.
9. Western Civilization Since 1945: Timeline & Summary
How has the Western world changed since the end of World War II? Learn about changes in politics, society and technology in this fast-paced summary of Western civilization since 1945.
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