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- The Homestead Act of 1862
- Expansion of the transcontinental railroad
- Native Americans' conquest and assimilation during the Gilded Age
- Economic policies during the Second Industrial Revolution
- The development of American industry in the Gilded Age
- Andrew Carnegie and the Robber Barons
- Fredrick Taylor's management principles
- Labor conditions during the Second Industrial Revolution
- Gilded Age politics and civil service reform
- Labor unions during the Second Industrial Revolution
- The Grange movement and the Populist party platform
- Immigration in industrial America and the rise of nativism
- Urbanization during the Second Industrial Revolution
- Goals of urban reform movements
- Middle class opportunities in American cities
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?
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
7. Frederick Taylor & Management: Maximizing Productivity & Efficiency
Known as the father of scientific management, Frederick Taylor revolutionized management practices. This lesson will discuss the contributions Taylor made to the field of management, most of which are still used today to maximize productivity and efficiency.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions
During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, farm prices fell and the federal government began supporting industry. Farmers first organized the Grange, a social movement that turned political with Farmers' Alliances. The Populist Party emerged to represent agrarian interests at the national level.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Nevada Silver Mining & the Comstock Lode
This lesson will explore the mining history of Nevada. It will specifically highlight the Comstock Lode, the thriving area of Virginia City and the development of the Washoe Pan Process.
17. Sand Creek & the Red River War: American Indian Wars
This lesson will explain the Massacre at Sand Creek and the Red River War. It will highlight the roles of Black Kettle and John Chivington. It will also discuss the treaties of Medicine Lodge and Laramie.
18. Indian Wars in the West: History & Timeline
Between the 1850s and 1890s, the United States made a final claim for control of the North American continent. The push of westward settlement by European Americans into the Plains and Far West led to the final chapter in the Indian Wars.
19. James Marshall & the California Gold Rush: Facts & History
In this lesson we'll explore the life of James Marshall, a carpenter who migrated to California in the 1840s and whose discovery of gold in the American River spurred the California Gold Rush.
20. Washington Territory: History & Explanation
This lesson discusses the history of Washington Territory. Learn more about the region that became the 42nd state in the Union and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
21. American Industrialization Timeline
In this lesson, we'll look a look at the industrialization process in the United States. We'll start by examining the major inventions, then put it all together on a timeline.
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