"Movers and Shakers of the Gilded Age" Dinner Party (1865-1900)

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Students are assigned a particular robber baron, government official, labor union leader, social activist, philosopher, farmer, member of a special interest group, or immigrant. Research your assigned person, and their position and contributions to any or all of these areas - Industrial and technological advances, Economic growth, Labor unions, Politics, Immigration , Urban life, Women and Minority rights, Social thought. Students are giving a full outline of what they need to research, plus an additional list of topics that are focused on specific people. Students prepare a 1-2 page outline, make notes on whom they want to meet, whom they want to disgrace, who will be their friend/enemy, what business deals they want to strike, etc. Students are also provided with "menu" - which includes a list of topics that they will discuss. They decide on their seating arrangements - and on the day of the party, put all the desks together into one long table. During dinner, students will follow the tasks on the menu, and use their outline to help facilitate their discussions. At the end, they write a thank you note. This was a highlight of my APUSH course, students loved it!
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"Movers and Shakers of the Gilded Age" Dinner Party (1865-1900)
"Movers and Shakers of the Gilded Age" Dinner Party (1865-1900)