Ch 6: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 6: A New Industrial Age

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The A New Industrial Age chapter of this McDougal Littell The Americans textbook companion course helps students learn the essential American history lessons of the new industrial age. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the A New Industrial Age textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • American industry expansion in the Gilded Age
  • The Second Industrial Revolution and middle class opportunities
  • The Transcontinental Railroad
  • Railroad industry and regulation
  • Social Darwinism
  • Labor conditions and the rise of labor unions during the Second Industrial Revolution
  • Economic policies and the Sherman Antitrust Act

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7 Lessons in Chapter 6: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 6: A New Industrial Age
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American Industry Development in the Gilded Age: Bessemer Process, Scientific Management & New Business Models

1. 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.

Middle Class Opportunities in American Cities During the Second Industrial Revolution

2. 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.

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

3. 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.

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.

Labor Conditions During the Second Industrial Revolution

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

7. 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.'

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