The growth of cities and industry

Free enterprise and capitalism are explained to a teenager who watched a protest in his small town.

The grandfather explains the growth of the town as a result of the factory.

Industry and all development are linked to the factory in the story told by his grandfather; and therefore there ought to be no protests against it.

A simplified breakdown of the growth of cities. It is interesting and has educational value, however it certainly discourages another American value: free speech and protest.

For more see our Immigration & Urbanization, Rise of Industrialization, Response to Industrialization, Industrial Revolution, and First Industrial Revolution PowerPoints.

Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth

CarnegieAndrew Carnegie epitomizes the “rags to riches” American dream.

Although he was a captain of industry during the infamous robber baron years, he believed it was important for the wealthy to leave a legacy and better the world.

His Gospel of Wealth essay written in 1889 outlined his philanthropic ideals.gospel of wealth

We have included a copy of the essay as well as questions and answers for students.

For more on this era check out our U.S. History PowerPoints: Rise of Industrial America: 1865-1900 and Response to Industrialism, and World History Industrial Revolution. We also have a really fun simulation game called Steel Empire.