Building America

By Alex Nater

John d. Rockefeller

Who: John d Rockefeller was a entrepreneur who worked his way up the "food chain" of USA businesses

What: He was the founder of the standard oil company.

Where: It was founded in Ohio were it then spread all over the country.

When: The standard oil company was established in 1870 and went until it ended in 1911.

Why: He helped in the car manufacturing by creating oil, kerosene, and gasoline.

Thomas Alva Edison

Who: He was a inventor who invented over 1,000 things.people also called him the wizard of electricity

What: He invented the lightbulb, phonograph, and other electronics.

Where: His lab was located in Menlo park New York.

When: In 1878 he demonstrated the phonograph in Washington

Why: He patented 1,093 inventions in the USA , United Kingdom, Germany, Spain.


Who: Sweatshops were shops in New York that people could work.

What: People that couldn't get other work would work here for low wages.

Where: Found mostly in New York normally found in the city or the slums.

When: Between 1850 and 1900 sweatshops were filled with workers.

Why: Sweatshops were the source of many of the riots that happened throughout this time period.

Trains and time zones

Who: With the constant building of rail roads the time on one side of the country was different than the others so trains had to work this into their schedule.

What: They had to create time zones and then they had to put their normal travel times but still remember the time zones.

Where: The whole us had railroads so they had to make time zones for the whole USA.

When: It took a while to get used to the time zones and during that time they were also still trying to make them so they worked right this was from 1870 to 1900.

Why: If there weren't time zones then it could be 12:00 on the west coast and be eating lunch but 12:00 on the east coast and they would be eating dinner.