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Curriculum Unit on the Gilded Age in the United States

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High School 9-12



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As we move though our unit on the Gilded Age, we will spend time taking about the era’s Captains of Industry and Robber Barons. In this age, capitalism in the United States begins to reflect our current market economy. In this lesson we will see Captains of Industry and Robber Barons test the boundaries of that system. The emergence of men like Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Morgan and how they bring about government subsidies, labor reform, money in politics, political corruption, and larger government over-site in commerce, industry, and labor.

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lesson plan, Gilded Age, capitalism


Curriculum and Instruction | United States History

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Captains of Industry and Robber Barons



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