Unit 3: Growing Business and Industry
 
Frameworks for America's Past




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  Study Guide: pages 41 - 54
(pages are shown with notes and maps completed)


Exploring: History in the data
Steel Production - 1870 to 1900

Review: Inventors and Captains of Industry
Historical photo sets



1.  Energy: water wheels, steam engines, and coal

2.  Inventors and inventions:


   2a.  Alexander Graham Bell - the telephone

   2b.  Thomas Edison - the light bulb

3.  Famous Captains of Industry:

   3a.  Cornelius Vanderbilt - shipping and railroads

   3b. 
Andrew Carnegie - the steel industry

   3c. 
John D. Rockefeller - the oil refining business
           
   3d.  J.P. Morgan - banking and investment

4. 
The fight against monopolies / trusts

5.  Changes on farms, in factories, and in cities
History food feature
Wow! Look how kitchens have changed!  (an online set of old photos and drawings from around 1870 to the 1970s)
YouTube videos
and Internet sites



Students: Check with your parents for permission before visiting Internet links.
Inside a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts  (a short video that shows cloth weaving machinery inside an old textile factory that is now a museum.)

Andrew Carnegie's steel mill  (a short clip from a History Channel program)

The telephone / Alexander Graham Bell  (an old TV ad)

Thomas Edison mini-bio  (a short video)

Yes, We Have No Bananas  (a short video demonstrating an old cylinder style Edison phonograph.  The flat disc record became more common in the 1920s - see the Edison P-1 Phonograph.)

Map - Manufacturing: Value Added by Manufacturing  (from an online historical atlas)

Maps - Railroads: Railroads in Operation 1870  (from an online historical atlas)

How a steam locomotive works  (a short video with animation)
Mainly for teachers
America: The Story of Us TV mini-series, Episode 7, "Cities," has good video segments about Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Edison.  Episode 6, "Heartland," has a short clip near the end about the beginning of the Sears mail order company. This widely praised production originally ran on the History Channel.  Less than $20 on Amazon for the 3 DVD set.

Celebrate the Industrial Revolution  This online article explains how the rise of industry was the most important force in history for improving nutrition, life expectancy, literacy, working conditions, and the quality of life.  See the graph near the end.









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