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Ch 30: NES: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization

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These lessons will help you prepare for questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam about the events that influenced westward expansion. Study the people and policies of the American Gilded Age, immigration and the rise of Nativism.

NES: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization - Chapter Summary

These lessons have been composed to help you study the people, events and effects of westward expansion, the second Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age before taking the exam. They are taught by our expert instructors who will help you reinforce your understanding of:

  • Effects on the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Transcontinental Railroad on westward expansion
  • The conflicts and conquests of Native Americans during the Gilded Age
  • Economic policies of the second Industrial Revolution
  • Technological and scientific developments of the second Industrial Revolution
  • Industrial leaders of the Gilded Age
  • Development of labor unions and the conflict between organized labor and management
  • Effects of urbanization and immigration during the second Industrial Revolution
  • Middle class opportunities in American cities

Experienced instructors narrate the lessons, and experts are available to answer your questions on the westward expansion. After watching these lesson videos, you'll have the option of reading the lesson transcripts. Quizzes allow you to determine how much of the information you've absorbed.

NES: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization Objectives

Individuals take the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam to demonstrate their mastery of the social sciences. This computer-based exam is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions and is administered in a 180-minute testing session. Half of these questions will belong to the content domain of History, and may include questions about the westward expansion, the American Gilded Age and the second Industrial Revolution.

11 Lessons in Chapter 30: NES: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization
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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.

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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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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