A Unit on the Industrial Revolution
in the United States
SS.A.5.4.1: The student knows the causes of the Industrial Revolution and its economic, political, and cultural effects on American Society.
The Big “Why?” for the Unit
Can societies have winners and losers at the same time?
Can societal groups win and lose at the same time?
How are the winners and losers reconciled?
Lesson 1: From the Farm to the Factory
Lesson 2: Big Business—Monkey Business
Lesson 3: Labor Pains
Lesson 4: Inventing a New Life
Unit Project: Presenting to the Brooking Institute
Along the Way
We’ll work to improve…
The Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in the United States
Lesson 1 Questions
Were people’s lives better or worse after this period in United States history?
Is progress good?
What do you know?
Remember being in the eighth grade?
Remember anything from eighth grade social studies?
People came to America for the plentiful land.
They were primarily farmers prior to 1750.
They didn’t want to be confined to a factory.
There was a shortage of labor to run machines.
Industrialization Came Late to America
There was little money for investment.
The market for manufactured goods was small.
Great Britain guarded her manufacturing secrets.