The following is a worksheet on the New Business Culture of Gilded Age America, specifically the rise of laissez-faire capitalism and social Darwinism. Students are given two documents, each one describing one of the aforementioned aspects of Gilded Age business culture. They then analyze whether or not industrialists and common laborers would favor or oppose that system. Finally, four fact-based and critical thinking questions follow. This worksheet works well as an in-class assignment or as a homework assignment.
This worksheet is the perfect compliment for the Big Business in the Industrial Revolution worksheet available below.
Big Business in the Industrial Revolution worksheet - US History - Common Core
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