the Gilded Age
Political, technological, and cultural growth led to unprecedented advances and corruption in American government and society
- the meaning of "gilded"
- Western expansion was driven by economic, social, and political forces.
- Industrialization transformed American society from rural to urban and from agriculture to manufacturing.
- The Gilded Age was dominated by political corruption and instability and pro-business leanings.
- Immigration in the late 1800s resulted in a transformation of American culture and the growth of cities.
WESTWARD EXPANSION... WHY?
- Optimism of settlers
- Homestead Act and it's Economic Impact
- Settling the Great Plains
- Success & Importance of the Cattle Industry
- Farming Issues
- Growth of Railroads... Transcontinental Railroad
- Interstate Commerce Act (RR)
- Klondike Gold Rush
1. How did settlers survive, settle, and make a profitable living out west?
2. What was the role of entrepreneurship in Westward Expansion?
Contrast of Cultures
Settlers and Native Americans
Restrictions & Consequences
Analyze restrictions imposed by government: Reservations, the Dawes Act, American Indian Citizenship
Impact of Westward Expansion?
Populist Movement Stems from Farmer Struggles (Mid-West)
- Impact of 3rd Party candidates
- Rise and Fall of Populism (Populist party)
- William Jennings Bryan "Cross of Gold" Speech
- Differences between Farmers & Industry Bankers
- Political Machines
- Civil Service Reform
- Political Corruption
1. Is the Wizard of Oz a parable of the Populist Movement?