Category Archives: Gilded Age & Industrial Revolution Era

What is the Historical Context of this Document? (1880) Edison’s Lightbulb Patent

What is the Historical Context of this Document? Activity Great Hook Activity for Industrial Revolution/Gilded Age unit. Can Students Determine the Historical Context and Purpose of this document? Step One: Students examine the primary source document. Step Two: Students answer … Continue reading

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What is the Historical Context of this Document? (1856) Bessemer Process Schematic Diagram

What is the historical context of this document? – Activity Great Hook Activity for Gilded Age/Industrial Revolution unit. Can Students Determine the Historical Context and Purpose of this document? Step One: Students examine the primary source document. Step Two: Students … Continue reading

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Sherman Antitrust Act (1890) Primary Source Activity

Sherman Antitrust Act (1890) Click on the links below to download the primary source document and analysis form. sherman-antitrust-act-transcript  – primary source transcript box-model-analysis – analysis form

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August Spies “To Arms, We Call you to Arms!” Chicago Haymarket Riots (1886) Primary Source Analysis

Labor protests at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company led to violence at a rally in Haymarket Square in Chicago (1886). A labor organizer August Spies distributed the attached flyer for the protest rally. Click on the link below to download … Continue reading

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Opposition to Chinese Immigration (1878) Primary Source Activity

“The Chinese have now lived among us, in considerable numbers, for a quarter of a century, and yet they remain in separate, distinct from, and antagonistic to our people in thinking, mode of life, in tastes and principles, and are … Continue reading

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Italian Immigrant in Gilded Age America (1902) Primary Source Activity

“Now and then I had heard things about America that it was a far off country where everybody was rich and that Italians went there and made plenty of money, so that they could return to Italy and live in … Continue reading

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The Story of a Sweatshop Girl (1902) Primary Source Activity

“Aunt Fanny had always been anxious for me to get an education, as I did not know how to read or write, and she thought that was wrong. Schools are different in Poland from what they are in this country, … Continue reading

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