Bring a signed registration page to Taft by Thursday, February 11, first thing in the morning, along with $8 cash.
EACH MEMBER OF A GROUP MUST REGISTER AND PAY – not my rules!
We can only send in one check for all of our entries (their policy, not mine), so we cannot have separate checks – sorry about that.
Please notice that PAPERS (and annotated bibliographies) will need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, so any modifications and additions MUST BE MADE THIS WEEKEND.
WEBSITES will also be locked on February 15, so any additions will need to be made by then as well.
PERFORMANCES, DOCUMENTARIES, and EXHIBITS can be modified up until the moment of the competition.
It is SUPER DUPER2 IMPORTANT that you register by Thursday, February 11 and bring the signed form (and $8 in cash) to me so I can get the registrations in the mail by the due date. Please help me out – ok?
We will have a few meetings before the competition to let you now what will happen and prepare for judges.
As you have seen from our investigation of the Gilded Age, there was a lot of progress in the American economy, industry, urbanization, and immigration during the late 1800s early 1900s. However, progress comes with a price. Politics were controlled by the wealthy, and political machines were challenging they ideals of democracy in many of the cities. The income gap between the wealthy and the rest of the nation was enormous. The environment was ignored for industrial growth, and pollution and that is just destruction of resources became problematic. Cities were overcrowded, and tenement living was unhealthy at best, deadly at worst. People didn’t know what was going into their medicine or food. Monopolies were formed with large corporations controlling many of the major industries of the time, and workers’ worries were ignored or opposed by business and government. Women were second class citizens, lacing political, economic, and social equality. Who will respond to these problems?
The Progressive Movement emerged in the late 1800s and early 1900s to push for reforms in response to the excesses of the Gilded Age. We will examine what they did in their attempts to make America a better place on Monday – but you will definitely want to get some background. So, spend about 27 minutes and 48 seconds this weekend meeting the Progressives (before you watch the Super Bowl). How? Here you go …
Let’s go back in time, shall we? Imagine taking a stroll in one of the new big cities of the Northeast and upper Midwest in the late 1800s. You and a friend (maybe it’s a late Valentine … how romantic) spend an entire day in one of these new urban locations that is booming with technology, big business, leisure activities, social experiments, entertainment, and mass culture. There is a dark side to the city as well, one of political corruption, slums and tenements, child labor, and flight to the suburbs. What would you notice as you waltz around the city?
Take a look at Big City Life from Creating America, and check out John Green and Crash Course talking about political machines in the video below. Jot down some of your observations as you read and watch – and get ready for a major tour of the big cities of the late 1800s in our next class meeting!
Were the great industrialists if the late 1800s positive or negative for America? Captains of Industry or Robber Barons? A little bit of both?
In your small groups, use your document hand outs as well as the materials below to fully explore the two sides to this debate. Add to some notes, and then come to a conclusion amongst your group members – CAPTAINS OR ROBBERS?
We have seen the side of the guys making the big bucks … but what about the men (and women and children) that were toiling in the factories during the age of industrial growth? Spend a little time checking out the links below to find out about the positions and actions of the working world in the late 1800s.
Big businesses had to have someone at the lead … the major entrepreneurs of the time. You may have heard of these names – Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan – we will discuss their lives and legacies in the next class and ask the question “Captains of Industry or Robber Barons?” To prepare, use the handout provided in class. Carefully read and HIGHLIGHT or UNDERLINE and ANNOTATE all possible positive ideas and comments in one color, and HIGHLIGHT or UNDERLINE and ANNOTATE all possible negative ideas and comments in another color. You each have a specific individual on the second page – do the same for that person, and check out some of the links below for further information.
It was a quick trip out West – but now it’s time to head to the growing cities of the Northeast and Midwest as we see the boom in industry and big business. To get some background, spend some time (20-30 minutes) with the materials below and come to class with an idea or two (or four) about the rise of industry after the Civil War AND start making connections between the past and present!
KEY TERMS AND IDEAS - effects of the Civil War, railroads, industrial growth, economic boom, inventions, horizontal and vertical integration, Captains of Industry or Robber Barons, trusts and combinations, labor movement
After spending some time examining the West and hearing about various perspectives, hit the target by describing at least four (4) different perspectives on the reshaping of the West between the Civil War and 1900. Each perspective should be identified in FIRST PERSON (as if you were the historical person or group), discussed, and supported with historical details. Have fun! Here’s an example from a miner –
While mining brought settlement to the West and riches to some, it did have a negative impacton the history and landscape of the West. Most of us miners who went for riches came away with nothing – NOTHING! Them boomtowns we populated soon turned into ghost towns, remnants of which will dot the landscape for decades. The huge throngs of people led to conflict with Indians, and the federal government come and intervened on our behalf – almost wiping out the Indians. Even though I don’t care much in the 1800s, I reckon that our actions and those of them big mining companies will have a detrimental effect on the environment of the West. Miners stripped the land without any concern, polluted streams, and cut down trees in search for minerals. I hope the environment doesn’t bust like I did!