The following is a 75 minute, common core-based lesson/worksheet that focuses on the rise of big business in the United States following the Civil War. This worksheet is loaded with a variety of student-centered activities designed to promote active engagement and critical thinking. Several activities include:
• Do now that appropriately sets up the lesson.
• Secondary source reading on the rise of big business. Includes vocabulary terms such as trusts and vertical/horizontal consolidations, several critical thinking questions, and a easy to understand chart.
• Primary source readings – Two Opposing Views on Big Business – includes questions.
• Political cartoon analysis – Bosses of the Senate
• Robber Barons or Captains of Industry – Historical Head activity
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