US History – Unit 2 – Industrialization & Reform – Robber Barons or Captains of Industry Unit 2 Lesson 4 Focus Question – Were the major industrialists Captains of Industry or Robber Barons? Key Content Terms: Gilded Age, Recession, Catalyst, Gross National Product (GNP), Dynamo, Entrepreneurs LEFT – THIS IS YOUR SIDE! RIGHT – THIS IS MY SIDE!! Captain of Industry: A term originally used to describe a business leader whose means of amassing a personal fortune contributes positively to the country in some way. This may have been through increased productivity, expansion of markets, providing more jobs, or acts of philanthropy. Robber Baron: A disparaging term used to describe a powerful 19th century businessman or banker who used questionable or unethical business practices to become powerful or wealthy. We will read the background information together. Next, complete individually the two background worksheets to demonstrate your understanding of the time period and of the difference between a Robber Baron and a Captain of Industry. Draw two pictures on this side of your notebook to distinguish the two definitions. US History – Unit 2 Lesson 4 - Industrialization & Reform - FOLDOUT (still page # ) LEFT – THIS IS YOUR SIDE! Date RIGHT – THIS IS MY SIDE!! Now, underneath your pictures, hypothesize the following question on the left side of your notebook: Were the Industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th century Captains of Industry or Robber Barons? As you are answering the question, be sure to write down data and warrants underneath your background questions. Use the background information and the information included in the Captains of Industry or Robber Barons Worksheet. We will now assign you to six groups of six. Now, you will have a few minutes to discuss your answer with your group. Be sure to explain WHY you chose one or the other. US History – Unit 2 Lesson 4 - Industrialization & Reform - FOLDOUT (still page # ) LEFT – THIS IS YOUR SIDE! Document A: Document B: Document C: Date RIGHT – THIS IS MY SIDE!! I will assign each member of your group a different document from the robber baron dbq on the website. On a new page in your notebook, you will use the left side to find at least two claims to support either Robber Baron or Captain of Industry. On the right side, you will answer the questions at the bottom of the document. Be prepared to present your document to the rest of your group. Document D: Document E: Document F: Underneath your claims on the left side of your notebook, write what is on the left of this slide. You will be responsible to write a question for EACH document besides your own. Ask your question after the person presents their document and WRITE DOWN THEIR ANSWER US History – Unit 2 Lesson 4 - Industrialization & Reform - HOMEWORK – Due Monday LEFT – THIS IS YOUR SIDE! RIGHT – THIS IS MY SIDE!! Worker Interview Assignment – Suppose you are a worker in the year 1900. You have been asked to be interviewed for an article in a national newspaper. The journalist interviewing you has brought up some questions about your role in industrialism. HOMEWORK – Due Monday!!! Question: What are some of the important inventions of this time period? What role have the workers like yourself played in their development? Q: What are the working conditions like in the large factories? Q: The government has remained largely uninvolved in regulating the economy. Do you support the government’s laissez-faire business policies? Why or why not? Q: Many people call the large industrialists Captains of Industry. Do you agree? Why or why not?