Ch 13: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization: Tutoring Solution

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The Westward Expansion, Industrialization and Urbanization chapter of this High School U.S. History Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about America's Gilded Age. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving westward expansion, industrialization and urbanization required in a typical high school U.S. history course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Frontier Thesis.
  • Examine the history of the Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Describe conflicts with the Native Americans.
  • Discuss the economic policies of the Second Industrial Revolution.
  • Learn about industry development in America during the Gilded Age.
  • Take a look at the business practices of industrial leaders like Andrew Carnegie.
  • Describe procedures Frederick Taylor developed to maximize productivity and efficiency.
  • Examine the labor conditions during the Second Industrial Revolution.
  • Explore Gilded Age politics.
  • Discuss the development of labor unions during the Second Industrial Revolution.
  • Learn about the platform of the Populist Party.
  • Become familiar with the effects and problems associated with urbanization.
  • List the goals of various urban reform movements.
  • Describe the middle class opportunities that the Second Industrial Revolution brought about.

22 Lessons in Chapter 13: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization: Tutoring Solution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Frederick Taylor & Management: Maximizing Productivity & Efficiency

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.

Labor Conditions During the Second Industrial Revolution

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.

Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform

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.

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

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.

The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

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.

Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism

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.

Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

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.

The Social Gospel Movement: Definition and Goals of Urban Reform Movements

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.

Middle Class Opportunities in American Cities During the Second Industrial Revolution

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.

California Gold Rush: History, Facts & Effects

16. California Gold Rush: History, Facts & Effects

In this lesson we explore the California Gold Rush, which spurred the largest mass migration in U.S. History, where hundreds of thousands of people left their homes to become prospectors in California.

Californios: Definition & History

17. Californios: Definition & History

Explore the history and culture of the Californios and test your knowledge of American history, world politics of the 19th century, and the Spanish peoples of California.

Gadsden Purchase of 1853: Definition, Map & Summary

18. Gadsden Purchase of 1853: Definition, Map & Summary

The addition of new territory in America was always a balancing act in the years leading up to the Civil War. The Gadsden Purchase motivated serious debate about slavery in U.S. territories and exposed deep sectional rifts. Develop an understanding of the Gadsden Purchase. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.

John Sutter & the Gold Rush: Facts, Timeline & Sutter's Mill

19. John Sutter & the Gold Rush: Facts, Timeline & Sutter's Mill

In this lesson we explore John Sutter and the California Gold Rush. First discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, the Gold Rush ruined Sutter's empire in the Sacramento Valley.

Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo: Biography & History

20. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo: Biography & History

Before California was the home to famous movie stars and Hollywood, it was the birthplace of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a wealthy Mexican military leader. In this lesson you will learn about the life and career of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo.

The Annexation of California from Mexico

21. The Annexation of California from Mexico

From 1820 to 1850, five different flags flew over the state of California. Read on to learn how this territory of the Mexican Far North became the west coast of the United States.

First Lady Frances Cleveland: Biography, Marriage & Quotes

22. First Lady Frances Cleveland: Biography, Marriage & Quotes

This lesson will explore the life of Frances Folsom Cleveland. This first lady was the youngest ever and the only one to be married in the White House.

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