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American Industrial Revolution

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During the American Industrial Revolution the lives of individual citizens, as well as the overall structure of society, underwent a fundamental transformation. Some of these changes included: the pace of work, the availability and quality of goods and products, the development of complex urban centers, the introduction of technological advancements, and the implementation of a fast and reliable transportation network. Using the sources provided, students will be encouraged to activate their background knowledge, draw conclusions, makes predictions, and ultimately develop their own lines of inquiry regarding the scope and impact of the Industrial Revolution. Teachers can implement any number of strategies to achieve this including the “Primary Source Analysis Tool” from the Library of Congress.


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