Digital Assignment #1: Industrialization and Urbanization
Directions: Use your readings and/or your own research to respond to the following. Be detailed!
Part 1: Important Terms
Concept or Idea
How did men like Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, and Ford change the social, political and economic landscape of the nation? What did each one do? How do we see their impact today?
How did western Native Americans respond to the nation’s expansion westward? Did some of them resist? Assimilate? Which ones? Why?
Professionalization of Sports
In what ways were sports changed and how did they change the social fabric of American culture in the 19th century? How were African Americans incorporated into sports? How did athletes’ lives/economics change?
In what ways did Minstrel shows and artistic realism change the way that Americans entertained themselves? Who were their main targets? What was the underlying message?
Name some of the ways immigration affected American culture? How did native-born Americans react to immigrants and the cultural diversity they brought with them? How did immigrants change cities like New York? Chicago? San Francisco?
What impact did Jacob Riis’ How the Other Half Lives have on the nation? How did people react to these?
Part 2: Collage: Create a collection of pictures that you believe capture the beginnings of turn-of-the-century capitalism throughout the United States. Make it look as professional/artistic as you can. No explanations needed.
Part 3: You are (a) an African American athlete of the late 19th century, (b) a young native American boy forced to go to an American boy’s school, or (c) a woman who wants the right to vote. Please write a letter to your descendants – 100 years into the future (now) – as to what life was like for you and how it changed. Length of letter should be no less than 500 words. Be as descriptive and as historically factual as you can.
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