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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 begin to explore the Gilded Age (1870-1900), that era in American History sandwiched between the Civil War/Reconstruction and the Progressive Era to the Great War, I want students to be able to understand political cartoons and why they were used so often during this era. They will do this by examining multiple cartoons and deciding what they are about and why they were made. I think it is important to teach this lesson because political cartoons are a big part of history and can help understand certain events better than normal reading material.

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lesson plan, Gilded Age, political cartoons


Curriculum and Instruction | United States History


Adapted by Nickolas Szymanski from a lesson plan created by the Mount Vernon Education Department.

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Political Cartoons in the Gilded Age



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