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(Ca. 1880-1920)

The Industrial Revolution radically changed the daily lives of Americans. The immense industrial growth in the 19th century was fueled by technological innovations, abundant natural resources, and a large unskilled labor force. Migration, urbanization, and immigration are trends that continue into contemporary times.

Possible Guiding Questions to Consider:

  • How did daily life change for many Americans as industrialization developed?
  • What role does industrialization play in the United States today?
  • What key events laid the framework for the growth of industry, mining, agriculture, and human movement?
  • How did employment opportunities influence immigration and internal migration patterns?
  • What were the major "push" and "pull" factors influencing migration to and within the United States, and how did immigrants change culture and politics?
  • What challenges in employment did immigrants face?
  • What is the relationship between industrialism and the rise of consumerism in the U.S.?
  • Why is the Industrial Revolution sometimes considered to be two events? What was distinct about the "Second Industrial Revolution"?
  • How could industrial leaders be considered both "captains of industry" and "robber barons"?

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