America, the Industrial Age

Matthew Frimanslund

John D Rockefeller

Who: John D Rockefeller

What: John D Rockefeller was co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, and is often regarded as the richest man in history. He was a very aggressive business man throughout his entire career.

Where: John D Rockefeller was born in Richford, New York. His company was founded and based in Cleveland, Ohio. And he died in the Casements, Ormond Beach, Florida.

When: Rockefeller was born July 8, 1839, and he founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870 and stayed with the company until it's end in 1911. He died on May 23, 1937.

Why: John D Rockefeller is important because he revoltionized the oil and petroleum industries. He also founded University of Chicago, and Rockefeller University.

MLA Cited Source: John D Rockefeller. Biography.com. 2013. www.biography.com/people/john-d-Rockefeller-20710159

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Thomas Edison

Who: Thomas Alva Edison

What: Edison made many great inventions, such as electric light bulb that stays on for a long period of time, motion picture camera, phonograph, and telegraph. He also owned 1093 patents in the United States, and he created the first industrial research laboratory.

When: He was born February 11, 1847. He invented the long lasting electric light bulb in 1879, and he died October 18, 1931.

Where: Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, but throughout most of his life he lived on the east coast of the U.S. He died in Glenmont, New Jersey.

Why: Thomas Alva Edison is important because he invented lots of useful technology for the entire world to use mad enjoy.

MLA Cited Source: Biography of Thomas Edison. Thomasedison.com. 2/11/97. www.thomasedison.com/biography.html

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Railroad Strike of 1877

Who: Railroad workers in America

What: After the Civil War, railroad construction in the United States grew rapidly, but some railroad companies treated their employees very bad. They would give them lots to do, and not pay them enough. So the workers of some railroad companies went on strikes that lasted around 45 days.

When: Started July 14,1877 and ended about 45 days later.

Where: The Railroad strike of 1877 started in Martinsburg, Virginia, and it happened at railroad stations and workplaces throughout the United States.

Why: The Railroad Strike of 1877 happened because railroad workers across wanted better pay and working conditions, but their employers wouldn't give them the things they wanted.

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