The Rise of Labor Unions in the Gilded Age Lesson

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One day on Gilded Age industrialization, robber barons / captains of industry, and the rise of labor unions! This lesson opens with students reading and answering questions about an article about fast food workers going on strike for a higher minimum wage in Chicago, in order to hook them into contemporary events and history and assess their prior knowledge of labor unions and strikes. The lesson then provides a quick overview of the industrialists Andrew Carnegie and John Rockefeller, the growth of monopolies, and government responses, including the Sherman Antitrust Act. (For a full lesson on robber barons/captains of industry go here .
Students then learn about three major labor unions--the Knights of Labor, the AFL, and the IWW, and fill out a graphic organizer. The lesson concludes with students working together to create a poster about about one of three major labor unions.
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90 Minutes

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The Rise of Labor Unions in the Gilded Age Lesson
The Rise of Labor Unions in the Gilded Age Lesson
The Rise of Labor Unions in the Gilded Age Lesson
The Rise of Labor Unions in the Gilded Age Lesson
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