Bridging The Gap Project

Ryan(1890-1910), Michael(1910-1930), Poojitha(1850-1890)

1850-1890- "The White Heron"

There's a girl named Sylvia, who lives with her grandmother in the New England countryside. A few days later Sylvia meets a hunter, who asks her for a place to stay for the night. He tells Sylvia and her grandmother that he's looking for a rare white heron and is willing to give ten dollars to anyone who could lead him to it. That's big money way back in the day. Sylvia has seen the heron before. So the following night, she sneaks to the tallest tree in the forest to get a good vantage point on the bird. She sees the bird, and then hurries home to tell the hunter what she saw. When she gets there, however, she can't speak and the hunter leaves disappointed. Although Sylvia holds her tongue for the sake of the bird, she never is sure that she made the right decision.

Technology was created to improve our lives. Nothing is created to hinder the maker. With technology, we can communicate quickly, across continents, all with just a single click. This is done with the internet, a great aspect of technology. Technology has definitely improved our lives, this is because of the various aspects of it: cars, internet, phones.


"The sound of her own unquestioned voice would have terrified her—it was hard enough to answer yes or no when there was need of that. "

"I can't think of anything I should like so much as to find that heron's nest," the handsome stranger was saying. "I would give ten dollars to anybody who could show it to me."

"The young sportsman and his old hostess were sound asleep, but Sylvia's great design kept her broad awake and watching."

"Then Sylvia, well satisfied, makes her perilous way down wondering over and over again what the stranger would think when she told him how to find his way straight to the heron's nest."

"No, she must keep silence! What is it that suddenly forbids her and makes her dumb?"

Advancements of the Time

Political Situations

On January 29, 1850, seventy-three year old Henry Clay presented to the U.S. Senate his proposal. Clay had cleverly combined many separate issues and pending bills into one major piece of legislation designed to help the south while letting the north feel as though they were getting something in return. Clay's compromise proposed:

  1. Admitting California as a free state.

  2. Organizing the Mexican Cession Territory without any restriction as to slavery (the Utah and New Mexico territories).

  3. Denying the Texas claim to extend its boundary to where the Rio Grande River begins.

  4. Compensating Texas for #3 (above) by having the federal government assume the $10 million Texas state debt.

  5. Ending the practice of requiring all traded/sold slaves to pass through the District of Columbia but,

  6. Keeping slavery legal in D.C. even though it is not a state.

  7. Rewriting the Fugitive Slave Act, placing it under the jurisdiction of Federal U.S. Marshals.

Denying Congress any future authority to regulate slavery (no more Missouri Compromise-type 36o; 30' provisions).

Social Tendencies

  • a huge amount of population increase

  • Changes in rural society

  • New political and cultural movements


that all men were born equal in rights (but not in talent, wealth, etc)

  • Realism in France appears after the 1848 Revolution. These realists positioned themselves against romanticism, a genre dominating French literature and artwork in the late 18th and early 19th centu…

  • French painter that was one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. He is well known for his paintings of peasant farmers and rural...

  • One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

Pop Culture (Music, Art, etc)

  • Music education is first introduced into the public school systems

  • French painter that was one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. He is well known for his paintings of peasant farmers and rural...

  • 1878. The world's earliest playable recording:

  • Women’s music-making up to 1850 was mainly secular and centered on the home. Generally regarded as a feminine “accomplishment,” music was considered in the 18th century an ornament or social skill

Emily Dickinson, Poems

  • Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes
  • Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives
  • James, The Tragic Muse
  • Sarah Orne Jewett, Tales of New England
  • 1890-1910- "The Open Boat"

    The story "The Open Boat" was about 4 men working together for their own survival. They learned that working together was the key to their success. Eventually the men reach land and realize that they have made it because they worked together.

    Literary Characteristics: This Story shows that during this time the men were scared for their lives, they were taking orders from the captain of the ship, which would lead them to survival.


    1. “A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats. In a ten-foot dinghy one can get an idea of the resources of the sea in the line of waves that is not probable to the average experience, which is never at sea in a dinghy.”
    2. “When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.”
    3. “The correspondent wondered ingenuously how in the name of all that was sane could there be people who thought it amusing to row a boat. It was not an amusement; it was a diabolical punishment, and even a genius of mental aberrations could never conclude that it was anything but a horror to the muscles and a crime against the back.”
    4. “If I am going to be drowned—if I am going to be drowned—if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?"
    5. “Perhaps an individual must consider his own death to be the final phenomenon of nature.”

    Major Events of the Time


    • Spain declares war on the United States on April 23rd, 1898 after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
    • The war lasted 3 months and resulted the U.S of 400 killed or injured.
    • The United States obtained the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam. Cuba got its independence from Spain.
    • Philippines declare themselves an independent republic
    • President McKinley is Shot and assassinated
    • Sherlock Holmes series is created
    • USS Maine Ship destroyed with several innocent citizens killed
    • Basketball was created
    • Carnegie Hall located at 881 Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City opens. Carnegie Hall is named after Andrew Carnegie, who paid for its construction. Its main purpose was for use as a performance venue for classical music.
    • Coca-Cola First Sold In Bottles
    • First Race Of Gas Powered Cars
    • First Modern Olympic Games
    • Philippine–American War, Following America gaining control of the Philippines as part of the ending of the Spanish-American War. The Philippines declared war against the United States requiring independence from America. The war continued until 1902
    • First US Gasoline Powered Car Maker, Charles Duryea and Frank Duryea were the first Americans to build a successful commercial automobile, and the first to incorporate an American business for the expressed purpose of building automobiles for sale to the public.

    Attitude of the Nation

    The Nation during the time period between 1890 and 1910 were much like a dollar coaster. Many inventions were made during this time which lead to the great admiration for the country until our President, Mckinley was assassinated, which threw our nation into a tornado confusing everyone and throwing off our government, not to mention Spain had just declared war on america which did not help us because our president was just shot.

    Advancements of the Time

    There were several new advancements during this time, many new technological inventions such as the...



    •Rubber tires used on bicycles


    •Diesel engine



    •Cold cereal


    •Magnetic tape recorder

    •Rubber heel (for shoe/boot)

    •Movie projector

    •Wireless radio telegraph

    •Photoelectric cell

    •Milk safety test

    •Thermite (industrial material

    •Self-powered model airplane

    •Bolt action rifle

    •Motion picture camera

    •Data processing machine

    •Photocopying machine

    •Bridle bit (for horse)

    •Desk top pencil sharpener

    •Dust pan

    Political Situations

    Claim and Evidence

    Claim: :

    During this time Financial status was a serious problem, four men made more money in a day then the rest of the working class made in a year


    “When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.” This quote shows how the average working class viewed the "titans" of the era. They saw them as tall "temples" and even though they wanted to dispose of them they knew that they needed them for the benefit of society.

    During this time period there were several political situations, mainly dealing with income because of the four titans during this time, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, and Henry Frick. On average these men would make 20 million dollars a year while the working class would struggle making around $400 a year for working 12 hour shifts and working 6 days a week. This became a serious financial problem for the country because these men had monopolies and controlled every aspect of their production for steel, gasoline, kerosine, etc... This extensive power by these four men became a problem for political standards when they had the ability to buy William McKinley into presidency. After this moment Politics had changed for life. This left a major mark on america because this showed that if you had enough money you could basically own the country and this is what these men did.

    Social Tendencies

      During this time period there was a social tendency known as the Progressive era which was a period of social activism and political reform across the United States this lasted America from the 1890s to 1920s. which caused a major shift from a social movement to a political movement.

    Pop Culture (Music, Art, etc)

    • The first issue of "Der Eigene," the first gay journal in the world, is published by Adolf Brand.
    • Sherlock Holmes is created
    • Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson coins the term "Gibson Girl," combining various tropes of American feminine beauty into one ideal type.
    • The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. Dreamy weightlifter Launceston Elliot was a hit with the crowd.
    • Leo Hirshfield debuts the scrumptious Tootsie Roll at his New York store, naming the treat after his five-year-old daughter Tootsie.

    1910-1930- "Soldiers Room"

    Major Events of the Time

    • The Great Depression- happened after the stock market crash of 1929, and greatly affected our economy

    • 19th Amendment- this allowed women to vote

    • Prohibition- was a nationwide constitutional ban on the development/sale of any alcoholic beverage, this was meant to improve the well being and health of the nation, although most people didn't like the ban it helped socialize many people

    Attitude of the Nation

    The attitude of the nation was very negative, the first world war had just begun, and after that the american economic system crashed leaving many people unemployed, then alcohol was banned which was a huge part of many peoples lives.

    Advancements of the Time

    • Development of assembly line- the invention of the assembly line impacted every americans life, it allowed the mass production of automobiles which allowed urban to be connected to rural and vise-versa, this also improved the health of the economy since new products were developed in america

    • Invention of radio- the invention of the radio greatly impacted the nation, as WW1 started the radio was being used to rally the nation into supporting the war, this ultimately affected the outcome of the war since americans were more willing to go and fight, or just simply provide for the soldiers

    Political Situations

    • Women’s voting Rights- the movement for women’s rights was temporarily put aside after WW1 had started but as it ended the 19th amendment was ratified and this allowed all women to vote

    • Banning of alcohol- this ban was put into place to help people become more healthy mentally and physically, but many americans found alternative ways to produce and consume alcohol

    • Racism- during this time period was the birth of the KKK who were a radicalist group, who are known for targeting african americans but also targeted catholics and many other religions/races, as examples for their movement

    Social Tendencies

    • Modernism- ideology that focused more on modern aspects and that of the future

    • Professionalism- the ability to be able to perform a task on a professional scale rather than an amateur

    Pop Culture (Music, Art, etc)

    • Phantom of the opera published

    • Oreo cookie invented

    • Movies become more popular

    Overall Summary

    From 1850 to 1930 many new advancements took place, new technology, new automobiles, and new wars. This time period has been dramatically shifted in many ways such as women's rights, and civil rights. Not only has this time period shifted politically but economically too. The Dust Bowl, stock market, and monopolies are prime examples of how we have overcome tough economical times and proven ourselves to be strong in many ways nationwide. Although times have changed, our pride for our country has not.

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