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Immigration in the Gilded Age: Using Photographs as Primary Sources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Gilded Age. In this Gilded Age lesson, students use primary sources to analyze photographs from this time period in history. Students use National Archive tools to construct the past as historians examining the...
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Arts of the Gilded Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the art forms of the Gilded Age. In this integrated arts lesson, students research the art, music, dance, and drama of the historical era and then create their own personal projects that exemplify the time period.
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The Brief American Pageant: Twenty-Three Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Detailing the Presidential elections of 1876, 1884, and 1892, this slideshow focuses on the final years of the 19th century in the United States. Additionally, slides include information on the changes in Southern plantations and growth...
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Isn’t It Exciting? (The American Industrial Revolution and Urbanization)

For Teachers 6th
America was built on the ingenuity, work ethic, and foresight of our ancestors. Sixth graders learn about the complex Gilded Age in American history, including the prominent inventors and captains of industry, and how they all connect...
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The Gilded Age & the Progressive Era (1877–1917)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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African American Identity in the Gilded Age

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the tension experienced by African-Americans as they struggled to establish a vibrant and meaningful identity based on the promises of liberty and equality in the midst of a society.  In this American History lesson...
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Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers visit the Newport Mansions. In this Gilded Age lesson, students explore the architecture and design of The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House. High schoolers create visual presentations that show the artistic features of...
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Urbanization As Seen Through Late 19c - Early 20c Architecture

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Incorporating the cultures, architecture, and ethnic populations of several American cities (namely Chicago and New York), this presentation displays vivid photographs of buildings and people in 19th - 20th century urban America. The...
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Irish Immigration

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While today, the Irish are considered white, this was not always so in the age of nativism and xenophobia. Using political cartoons and newspaper excerpts from the Gilded Age, budding historians discover how the concepts of race and...
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Study Guide: America at the Turn of the Century

For Students 9th - 12th
America changed a lot as the 20th century dawned. Budding historians can use this study guide to prepare for an end-of-the-chapter review. There are 15 vocabulary words, eight places of significance, five important people, 14 topics to...
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Taming the American West

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever seen a movie about the romance of the American West with its buffalo, horses, cowboys, and endless frontier? The 13th installment of a 22-part series on American history presents the myths associated with the American West....
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The Gilded Age & the Progressive Era (1877–1917)

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, learners respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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2016 AP® United States History Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The British and Spanish both had footholds in the New World, yet they had different approaches. Scholars explore the dynamics, along with the reasons behind immigration to the United States and business practices of the Gilded Age in a...
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The Gilded Age (1)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, learners answer 12 multiple choice questions regarding the Gilded Age. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Jacob Riis and the Poor of New York: Reform in the Cities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the characteristics of the Gilded Age. In groups, they read primary source documents and examine photographs to develop a hypothesis about people living during this time period. To end the lesson, they discuss...
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Populists and Progressives

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students study the Gilded Age in American History. They present a speech demonstrating knowledge of the platforms of the Progressives and Populists.
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Ragtime: 1880-1920

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Build an understanding of the social, economic, and cultural changes that were incited by the American Industrial Revolution. Learners will research the historical context of the Ragtime Era, and compose an oral presentation in the voice...
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The Gilded Age (2)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 11 multiple choice questions regarding the United States from 1880-1900. Students may check their answers immediately.
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Populism & the Election of 1896

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Populism and the rise and fall of the Populist Party are the topics of this presentation, which details the Presidential Election of 1896 and the role of silver. Detailing main points with clever political cartoons and informative maps,...
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Gilded Age Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the incredible degree of corruption that existed in urban political machines during the late nineteenth century. This video offers a great review of the workings of Tammany Hall and major scandals of the Credit Mobilier and the...
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Progressivism and Populism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Gilded Age. In this Progressive Era lesson, students read an excerpt from The Jungle and respond to analysis questions. Students also analyze images from the era in collaborative groups and share their findings with...
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A New Society Project

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the social and political movements of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. In this American history lesson, 9th graders work in groups to form their own society and laws. Students make a diagram of their town and...
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Theodore Roosevelt and the Trusts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the benefits and problems of monopolies. In this industrial America lesson, students examine primary sources and politicalcartoons to investigate the monopolies and trusts of the Gilded Age. Students take part in a...
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Literature of the Gilded Age

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the subtle shift from romanticism to realism in American literature in the post-Civil War period. After an introduction to the period, they work in groups to research various authors, such as Walt Whitman, Emily...

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