From 1876-1920, the United States went through a period of rapid technological, demographic, and political change. The Gilded Age and Progressive Era curriculum provides students an in-depth look at this formative period in United States history. Through primary-source-based activities and engaging narratives, students will be exposed to this fascinating period and analyze its numerous parallels to today.


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The Rise of Big Business

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This lesson explores the rise of big business during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will gain an understanding and analyze the technological, organizational, and economic factors that led to the rise of big business and its effects through a historical narrative, primary sources, the lives of Gilded Age businessmen, and several dynamic activities. Students will better understand the role of business in American society in history and today.
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Workers in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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This lesson explores the experience of American workers during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will gain an understanding and analyze the experience of workers in the factory system, the rise of labor unions, and labor strikes through a historical narrative, primary sources, role-plays, and other interesting student activities. Students will better understand the place of workers in the economy as a basis for discussing current events such as minimum wage debates.
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Farmers in the Gilded Age

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This lesson explores the experience of American farmers during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will gain an understanding and analyze the difficulties farmers endured in modern society and their proposed solutions through a historical narrative, primary sources, and several dynamic student activities. Students will better understand the farmers in the economy and politics in American history.
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Immigration in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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This lesson explores immigration during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore the causes of immigration to the United States, the effects of immigration on American society, the experience of immigrants and reaction of Americans to immigrants. The lesson includes a historical narrative, primary sources, and student activities. Students will better understand the debate over immigration in American history and today.
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African Americans in the Gilded Age

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This lesson explores the experience of African Americans during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore the experience of African Americans during segregation, debates between African American leaders over best solutions, and the Great Migration through a historical narrative, primary sources, and student activities. Students will better understand the experience of African Americans in American history as a basis for a discussion of current events.
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Women in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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This lesson explores the experience of women during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore the changing and different experiences of women in American society, and the fight for equal voting rights for women through a historical narrative, primary sources, and student activities. Students will better understand the experience of women in American history as a basis for other historical eras and today.
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The Rise of Reform Politics

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This lesson explores state and national politics, and constitutional principles, during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore the issues that dominated politics and the various reform movements that took shape during this period through a historical narrative, primary sources, and student activities. Students will better understand the role of government in American society and the economy in history and today.
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The Rise of American Power in the World

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This lesson explores the changing role of America during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Students will explore American foreign policy and its role in the world in the Spanish-American War, World War I, and the debate over the Versailles Treaty. A historical narrative, primary sources, political cartoons, and student activities will help students debate different views regarding America's role in the world in history and today.
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