history Project

Project – The Guilded Age

Goal – To clearly identify the issues of the working class, factory workers, steel workers, rail workers, freedman, Native Americans OR immigrants during the late 1800’s. You will select the position of a working class citizen, factory worker, steel worker, rail worker, freedman, Native American OR immigrant and tell your story of life during the gilded age and the trials and tribulations you faced in this “celebrated” era of American progress.

Role – You will select the position of a working class citizen, factory worker, steel worker, rail worker, freedman, Native American OR immigrant and tell your story of life during the gilded age.

Audience – Citizens of the United States, business owners, and members of Congress in the late 1800’s

Situation – The late 19 th Century was known as the Gilded Age. The growth of industry and a wave of immigrants marked this period in American history. The production of iron and steel rose dramatically and western resources like lumber, gold, and silver increased the demand for improved transportation. Railroad development boomed as trains moved goods from the resource-rich West to the East. Steel and oil were in great demand. All this industry produced a lot of wealth for a number of businessmen like John D. Rockefeller (in oil) and Andrew Carnegie (in steel), known as robber barons (people who got rich through ruthless business deals). The Gilded Age gets its name from the many great fortunes created during this period and the way of life this wealth supported but was it great for all?

Performance – You are charged with developing a narrative essay in which you assume the role of a working class citizen, factory worker, steel worker, rail worker, freedman, Native American OR immigrant and tell your story of life during the gilded age by writing a diary chronicling the events that are occurring in your life.

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