This is a 22 question video guide, with answer key, to the History Channels series - The Men Who Built America (Episode 1: A New Work Begins)
Questions range from fill in the blank to short answer.
Questions go in order with the film.
Also includes an extension activity in which students are asked to analyze a political cartoon featuring John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil.
Cornelius Vanderbilt grows from a steamboat entrepreneur to the head of a railroad empire, and gets into a heated rivalry with Jim Fisk and Jay Gould; the up and coming John D. Rockefeller founds Standard Oil. Many business owners lay their own rail lines which leads to the Panic of 1873. Later, Rockefeller starts to expand his wealth by diverting his business from the railroads to a new innovation, oil pipelines.
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