American Industrialists: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?

Philanthropists, revolutionaries, or money-hungry businessmen? An interesting lesson examines four of the men who impacted business and industry in the nineteenth century. With group discussion, writing prompts, and worksheets, young historians decide whether these men were robber barons or captains of industry. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the information presented in the lesson plan to have learners research one of the business leaders in more depth and write essays on their findings 
  • Group students and challenge them to compare attitudes toward modern big businesses with the business leaders of the past
Classroom Considerations
  • Have the alternative activities prepared to easily extend the lesson
  • Provides all worksheets and rubrics to complete the activities
  • Gives suggestions for alternative activities to further engage individuals
  • None
Common Core