United States History- Honors Responses to Industrialism Your name is Seymour Gump and you are going to write a diary for the period 1865-1914. What You Need to Know: 1. Due Date : ________________________ 2. You DO NOT need to have an entry for every day or every year 3. You may include letters from relatives or friends (It would be a good idea to place them all around the country or do a lot of moving yourself.) 4. If you fancy yourself an artist, feel free to draw pictures. You can also insert images from the web. 5. Use a variety of sources, such as books, websites, videos, etc. 6. Include a bibliography at the end of your journal. Be sure to cite throughout when required. Seymour Gump is born on December 3, 1858 in Philadelphia, PA. He is a smart child so he starts keeping a diary in 1865. He dies on December 18, 1914. You get to decide where and how he dies. Topic A – American Cities and Towns 1. In the course of the diary, Seymour or a relative or a friend must live in at least 2 different towns or cities in 2 different regions in America. You should decide where to live and describe each locale and standard of living in detail. What does the area look like? Is it upper, middle or lower class? What region of the country is it in? etc. 2. Choose a specific city that was growing at the time. Discuss the problems of that city. There should be a description of various problems (population, disease, tenements, crime, pollution, etc.) Topic B – Work in America 1. You or a friend or relative are a laborer in a factory of some type (textiles, meat packing, etc). What conditions and problems does this person face on a daily basis? Describe the working conditions (pay, hours, safety, etc.). 2. The unions come to town. Explain this workers reaction to the unions, his decision to join or not, and the town’s reaction to the Union. Include at least 1 specific union, its founder, goals and strategies. 3. Your sister is still unmarried at age 20. Since she is not independently wealthy, she must work for a living. What opportunities and problems does she encounter? Describe her experiences in the workplace. Remember, life for a female is much different than for a male. It is also much different based on which social class she belongs to. Topic C – Technology/Business 1. What changes do you see as a result of the increased use of technology and new inventions/innovations? Are these changes beneficial or harmful to society? Describe at least two technologies in the workplace and two in the home. 2. How has the structure of business changed in America? (think Carnegie and Rockefeller) Describe the types of business organizations and give historical examples of corporations. Discuss the business practices being used by large companies. Give your opinion on whether these businessmen are Captains of Industry or Robber barons. Describe the government’s attitude towards business. Topic D – Immigration 1. You get to meet immigrants from (Choose 2): Italy, Russia, Poland, and China. Why have these people come to America? What problems do they face and how successful are they in their new environment? Describe your reaction to them. Topic E – Indians (Do not use the term Native Americans, as that was not used at the time) 1. You or a relative or friend move out West and become involved in the Indian controversies of the late 1800s. Describe the problems Indians face in America. How did westward expansion impact them? Describe the government’s changing policies toward the Indians. Describe your personal feelings and reactions. Be sure to include specific events. Topic F – Farmers 1. You or a relative or friend decides to be a farmer. Describe the multitude of problems farmers faced in the late 1800s (weather, prices, railroads, etc.). What solutions were proposed? Describe any advances/technology made in farming at this time. Describe at least 1 organization formed to help farmers and their goals and achievements. Topic G – Politics 1. Your uncle has served as a congressman in Washington, DC for a long time. He is very popular with the hometown folks and gets re-elected every two years through 1914. You write often and are fascinated by his replies containing the inside scoop on current issues. Record several of his letters and your reactions to his letters. Be sure to include at least 5 of the following laws in the letters to him. These laws should be in bold or underlined. Chinese Exclusion Act Sherman Antitrust Act Pure Food and Drug Act 16th amendment Interstate Commerce Act initiative secret ballot 17th amendment referendum recall Dawes Act 2. Discuss political machines. What are they? What effects do they have on government and society? How did they help and hurt communities? Discuss at least 1 historical political machine. Topic H – Significant Events 1. Since you read the newspapers avidly and at times have found yourself in the center of conflict, you have strong feelings about major events of the period. Discuss any 3 of the following throughout your journal. Place them in bold or underline them. Haymarket Riot Railroad Strikes of 1877 Sand Creek Massacre Pullman Strike Wounded Knee McKinley’s assassination Election of 1896 Homestead Steel Strike Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Topic I – Famous People During the course of your life, you, a relative or friend meet or read about a number of extraordinarily interesting people. Discuss 10 of them throughout your journal entries. Include them where they make the most logical sense. Place them in bold or underline them. Mark Twain William Jennings Bryan Andrew Carnegie George Pullman Margaret Sanger Terrence Powderly John D. Rockefeller Thomas Edison Sitting Bull Mary Elizabeth Lease Eugene V. Debs Upton Sinclair Florence Kelly Jay Gould Jacob Riis Samuel Gompers Grover Cleveland Joseph Pulitzer John Muir Gifford Pinchot Josiah Strong Jane Addams Robert Lafollette Theodore Roosevelt Benjamin Harrison Lincoln Steffens J.P Morgan Alexander Graham Bell Helen Hunt Jackson Elizabeth Cady Stanton On December 18, 1914 you die (in any way that you wish, just avoid being too morbid) Format 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. All entries should be typed in a legible font. You do not need to double-space. Every law/event/person in entries G1, H, and I should be in bold or underlined. Each entry should be labeled with the topic letter and number (Ex. B2, C1, etc.) The journal should be bound. There should be no loose pages. Include a cover page with your name and a visual. Be creative, but DO NOT change history. Grading Rubric Criteria Historical Information (each entry is scored on the rubric) 5 4 3 2 1 The topic is covered with an abundance of factual support. Project includes more than six detailed facts about the topic. The topic is covered with sufficient factual support. Project includes at least six detailed facts about the topic. Mechanics 4 points is the highest score on this part of the rubric Evident control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage, and sentence formation The topic is covered with adequate factual support. Project includes at least five detailed facts about the topic Sufficient control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage, and sentence formation The topic is covered with minimal factual support. Project includes at least four detailed facts about the topic Limited control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage, and sentence formation The topic is covered with little to no factual support. Project includes less than four detailed facts about the topic Minimal control of grammar, mechanics, spelling, usage, and sentence formation. Appearance and Organization 4 points is the highest score on this part of the rubric * Project shows professional appearance * It is typed. * Organization of project is well-planned * Project shows quality appearance * It is typed. * Organization of project shows some planning * Project’s appearance is satisfactory * It is typed. * Organization of project shows little planning * Project lacks neatness * It is not typed. * Organization is poorly planned Bibliography 4 points is the highest score on this part of the rubric * Contains at least 4 sources and is in proper MLA format . * There are no errors. * Contains at least 3 sources and is in proper MLA format. * Contains at least 2 sources. * Contains at least 1 source. *There is an attempt to use proper MLA format, but there are significant errors. *It is not in correct MLA format *There may be minor errors.