Section outline

  • As our examination of Industrialization in America continues, this week we take a close look at notorious industrialists like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J.P. Morgan, and the control they wielded over the political spectrum. The question will be posed as to whether such men were benefactors of society or parasites, growing rich at the expense of the common man?

    From there, we will move into the era of unionization, when industrial workers began to unite and strike against their employers for better pay, shorter hours, and safer working conditions.

    By weeks end, completed work should include:

    1) The "Growth of Inmdustry" packets

    2) Notes on "Bosses of the Senate" (found below)

    To supplement your activities, we will be watching segments of the docu-drama series, The Men Who Built America.