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In this highly engaging investigation on John D Rockefeller and the Gilded Age, students examine four documents to draw a conclusion on Rockefeller's legacy with Standard Oil: Should John D Rockefeller be remembered as a Hero or a Villain?
Students examine excerpts from the History of Standard Oil (by Ida Tarbell), a New York Times article on the Rockefeller's Philanthropic Work, a primary source detailing the business tactics of Standard Oil, and an overview of Rockefeller's life and business dealings with Standard Oil. Each document contains engaging, thought-provoking, and discussion-oriented analytical questions!
To conclude, students complete a final writing prompt where they compile their understanding to answer the overarching question: Should John D Rockefeller be remembered as a Hero or a Villain?
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