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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 3. Analyze the influence of industrialization and technological developments on society in the United States before 1877

Objective c. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of early industrialization on the economy and society

To help students evaluate the significance of technological advances, have students research various inventions made between 1790 and 1877, such as the cotton gin, the steam engine, the telegraph, power-driven looms, the steel-tipped plow, the McCormick Reaper, etc. Students should focus on how their invention changed its industry. Have students create print advertisements outlining the benefits of their invention. After sharing their findings and advertisements with the class, each student should decide which invention most dramatically impacted the United States economically and/or socially and will write an essay arguing why the invention they selected was the single most influential invention of the First Industrial Revolution.

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