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Showing Grade 8, Unit 12a, Industrial America: Agriculture, Business, Government, and Labor
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Pacific Railway Act 1862

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=32

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This act, passed on July 1, 1862, provided Federal subsidies in land and loans for the construction of a transcontinental railroad across the United States. The legislation authorized two railroad companies, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, to construct the lines. Congress eventually authorized four transcontinental railroads and granted 174 million acres of public lands for rights-of-way. Standard 8.12.1 and 12.3.1

Comments: This Our Documents site has a facsimile of the original document, a transcription of it, and background information to help the reader put the document in context.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2397

Robber Barons

http://college.hmco.com/history/readerscomp/rcah/html/ah_075300_robberbarons.htm

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This disapproving term Robber Barons was applied to industrial leaders and corporations of the late nineteenth century, such as Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Steel, John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil, and Cornelius and William Vanderbilt and their railroads. Emphasizing efficiency, these men used increasingly modern practices like large-scale, specialized production in place of decentralized methods. They also practiced "vertical integration," controlling not only the manufacturing and sale of the final product but also the raw resources. Standards 8.12.4 and 11.2.5

Comments: This Houghton Mifflin Reader's Companion to American history site provides a general overview of the 19th c. industrialists as a group and links to specific information on five of the most famous.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 3585

Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Monopoly

http://www.crf-usa.org/bria/bria16_2.html#oil

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Following the Civil War, few laws limited how businesses went about making money. In building the giant Standard Oil monopoly, John D. Rockefeller made up his own rules. Standards 8.12.4, 11.2.5 and 12.2.5

Comments: There are discussion questions to support this Constitutional Rights Foundation article.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 2655

Socialist Eugene V. Debs Speaks, 1904

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/vodebs.htm

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Part of the Voices of the 20th Century site, hear the voice of Eugene Debs' in a presidential campaign speech for the prolabor cause in 1904. Socialist Eugene V. Debs was one of the major players in American politics at the turn of the century. He made five attempts to gain the presidency - in 1900, 1904, 1908 1912 and 1920 - all as the standard bearer of the Socialist Party. Standards 8.12.6, 11.2.4, and 12.9.1 civics

Comments: Somehow acutally hearing a voice from history makes the person more real.

Resource Type: Sound or Music.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 2796

Steel Rails and Iron Horses

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/steel_rails_and_iron_horses/

Rating: 2, High!

Description: On May 10, 1869, a golden spike driven into a wooden crosstie completed an iron road linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America. This article explores early railroad expansion in this country and the ways new railroad technologies contributed to the development of the United States, particularly the western states. The activities presented will help students understand how a steam engine works and why stopping a train can be a lengthy proposition. Standards 4.4.1, 4.4.3, and 8.12.1

Comments: This Bureau of Land Managment site provides wonderful pictures of railroad building but could do better on maps. Science activities are included.

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2849

Tenement Virtual Reality

http://www.wnet.org/archive/tenement/virtual.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Visit two New York tenement "apartments" as they appeared at 97 Orchard St. in the 1870's and 1930's, using navigable QuickTime VR panoramas. There are also articles about the history of the time and the families who lived in these apartments. Standards 8.12.5, 8.12.6 and 11.2.2

Resource Type: Photos or Pictures.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2939

The Homestead Strike 1892

http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/acs/1890s/carnegie/strike.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This is a clear description with links to further information of the pivotal strike in labor history that for the first time joined craft and unskilled workers in an attempt to raise wages and improve working conditions for everyone. Standards 8.12.6 and 11.2.1

Comments: This site is part of the history department's web project at Bowling Green State University

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3034

The Molly Maguires

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmolly.htm

Rating: 2, High!

Description: The "Molly Maguires" were miners in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania who organized into a union during the 1860's and 1870's. Accidents were common and fires frequent. These miners were chiefly, although not exclusively, Irish and the union was called the Workingmen's Benevolent Association. This Spartacus site give a clear overview of the Maguires with embedded links to key people, places and events. Standards 8.12.5, 8.12.6, and 11.2.1

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 3050

The New City: 1882-1894

http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog15/index.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Examine life in America's "new city" of Chicago in the late 19th century. Explore the improvements made by street cars and electric lights on the one hand, while labor unrest and massive strikes occurred when the promise of new wealth was not shared with workers. Standards 8.12.5 and 8.12.6

Comments: This Biography of America site has a map of Chicago, a timeline, a primary source picture, a transcript of the video, and a webography of other sources.

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3058

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

http://www.csun.edu/~ghy7463/mw2.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: This site has pictures and a support essay about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 that drew public attention to the plight of workers in the garment industry. Standards 8.12.5, 8.12.6 and 11.2.1

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3219

43 resources found; showing 10 per page, sorted by Rating then by Title...
Showing Grade 8, Unit 12a, Industrial America: Agriculture, Business, Government, and Labor
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