The Gilded Age
Mark Twain named 1870-1900 "The Gilded Age" in hopes of capturing how the era of serious social problems was veiled by a thin layer of gold. While robber barons got rich during the Gilded Age, average Americans struggled to get ahead.
Workers’ Rights and the History of Labor Unions
This article provides a brief history of labor unions, including common tactics and important advances in workers’ rights.
The Rush of Immigrants
This informational text describes the tide of new immigrants to the United States from the mid-1800s to the 1920s.
The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
This informational text asks students to imagine what it would be like to live as a worker during the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
Shoe Factory Horror
The Taney County Republican
"The Taney County Republican" reports on a deadly explosion at R. B. Grover & Cc. shoe factory.
The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony
The two articles included in this informational text discuss Susan B. Anthony’s life and contributions to the suffrage movement.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a deadly industrial disaster caused by unsafe working conditions.
The Coeur d’Alene Miners’ Uprising
Two newspaper articles detail the Coeur D’Alene miners’ strike of 1892 that led to violence and unrest.