This unit will run like this:
The Industry and Labor unit will include an examination of immigration, urbanization, the rise of industry and the beginnings of the labor movement.
Our study began when looked at Julius Lester's John Henry and compared it with the assembly line. Then we read about immigration. We We read a chapter and viewed photographs from Russell Freedman's Immigrant Kids and analyzed an excerpt from Rose Cohen's Out of the Sweatshop. We learned more about the immigrant experience in New York City through our trip to the Lower East Side. Then we looked at the experience of immigrants using primary sources and secondary readings.
Then we worked to look at the experience of the robber barons. We looked at the tactics and philanthropy of several of entrepreneurs of the era by using a Business Insider article and our own research. After that, we shifted our focus to the conflicts that were occurring between labor and capital. We looked at a collection of documents from the 2009 high school American history regents, events in Chicago in 1886, events at Homestead, PA, in 1892, and the Triangle Shirtwaist fire through a primary source reading and primary source photos. Finally, we concluded our unit with an examination of seven reasons you should join a union, a look at unions and the 2016 election, and reasons unions in the US aren't as strong as unions in European countries.
The exam for Industry and Labor will be Friday, January 10th. It will be your homework every night when we return to study. You should use the TYNTK sheet and the thinking questions packet to study. You do not need to study over the break, but you would benefit from studying if you have time.