The Gilded Age, Robber Barons and the Rise of Big Business

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Survival of the fittest! Scholars investigate an AP review video to discover the era of big business during the Gilded Age. Viewers examine the place of Robber Barons in society and its impact on the workforce in America. This is the fifth installment of a nine-part series. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a set of questions for students to answer and have them turn them in at the end of the video
  • Split classroom into groups (Robber Barons; Government; Workers) and argue for or against their position in the Gilded Age
  • Place pictures of Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt around the room to pique learners' interest
Classroom Considerations

  • Differentiate by offering the link to the transcript, and by making the video available for rewatching
Pros

  • Excellent informational video on the Gilded Age and Robber Barons
  • Audio and visual learners benefit from the video representation
Cons

  • No extension ideas or materials provided