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Nobody Here But Us Capitalists:  Democracy, Big Business, and Progress at the turn of the 20th century
Essential Question:

Are "democracy" and "capitalism" compatible?

Connections to Standards:

OUSD: Chronological/Spatial Thinking
4 Students understand that change happens at different rates at different times; that some aspects of a thing can change while others remain the same; that change is complicated and not always what it seems. They understand that change affects not only technology and politics, but also values and beliefs.

2 Students identify the uses of an artifact. They identify parts of the artifact and how they might contribute to its usefulness. They identify the main subject of a photograph. They identify details in a photograph and explain how they contribute information to the picture. The students understand the meaning of the vocabulary used in written sources and accurately read information from them. They identify the main idea or ideas stated in the source as well as supporting details.

5 Students understand that primary sources also tell us about the person or people who created them. They use sources to help figure out the purposes and perspectives of their author(s). They explain how sources attempt to persuade audiences through use of vocabulary and other strategies.

Diversity/Multiple Perspectives
1 Students examine beliefs, values, and conditions of life of a variety of different people from different times and places.

2 Students imaginatively place themselves in the position of others in different circumstances-today or in the past-and explain what things would look like from those other people's position.

California State Standards:
11.2 Students analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large scale rural to urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe, in terms of:

1. the effect of industrialization on living and working conditions, including the treatment of working conditions and food safety in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

4. the effect of urban political machines and responses by immigrants and middle-class reformers

5. corporate mergers that produced trusts and cartels and the economic and political policies of industrial leaders

7. the similarities and differences between the ideologies of Social Darwinism and Social Gospel

9. the effect of political programs and activities of the Progressives

Before beginning the lesson
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Internet Resources
Worksheet:" Meet the Press"
MS Word version
pdf version

Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit

"Nobody Here But Us Capitalists:
Democracy, Big Business, and Progress at the Turn of the 20th Century"

Subject: U.S. History
Grade Level: 11th

Lesson Plan Author:
Elizabeth Haugen
Organization: OUSD