Eighth Grade Development of an Industrial, Urban, and Global US (Era 6) Unit


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All Development of an Industrial, Urban, and Global US unit documents (except assessment and linked documents) in one PDF:

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Overview

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Lesson 1 - Laying Tracks for the Future

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Information on the Transcontinental Railroad from Wikipedia

Interactive Map of the Transcontinental Railroad

PBS American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad site

Driving the Last Spike

Eyewitness account of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

Questions and answers about the effects of the Railroad on Native Americans

Lesson 2 - New Faces in New Places

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Poem: "The New Colossus"

Coming to America Poetry Activity

Map of Europe in 1890

U.S. map of ethnic distribution in 1900.

19th century U.S. Immigration Statistics

Library of Congress Map Collection

Westward Expansion website

Digital History: Westward Expansion

Image of Wealthy Family

Image of Tenement Family

Lesson 3 - The Homesteaders

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The Homestead Act of 1862

Plessy vs Ferguson

The Chinese Exclusion Act

The Dawes Act of 1887

Debate on the Dawes Act (scroll down to Activity 4)

Lesson 4 - Workers Unite!

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Rural Life in the Late 19th Century

Death of a Child, 1890: Life in the City


Lesson 5 - Free Yet Not Free

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Lesson 6 - The Great Shortcut

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Lesson 7 - Leveling the Playing Field: America Reforms

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Link to Development of an Industrial Nation Unit Assessment