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L6: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry The Shifting Size and Scope of the National Government: Part One. Agenda Objective : To debate whether the corporate leaders of the Gilded Age were Robber Barons or Captains of Industry. Schedule : Group Debates. Homework:

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L6 robber barons or captains of industry the shifting size and scope of the national government

L6: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry

The Shifting Size and Scope of the National Government:

Part One

  • Agenda

  • Objective:

  • To debate whether the corporate leaders of the Gilded Age were Robber Barons or Captains of Industry.

  • Schedule:

  • Group Debates

  • Homework:

  • Consult unit schedule for background reading

  • JT Dates:

    • Rough Draft #1 (Fri 2/1)

    • Rough Draft #2 (Tan = Thurs 2/7; Red & Blue = Fri 2/8)

    • Citations for Final Draft (Wed 2/13)

    • Final Draft (Fri 2/15)


Robber barons or captains of industry

Robber Barons or Captains of Industry

  • As we have learned, the Gilded Age was defined by the rise of corporations.

  • We have learned that these corporations led to radical changes in the way that work was performed, goods were made, and products were distributed.

  • Today we want to learn about the men who headed these corporations and consider the question: Were corporate directors during the Gilded Age Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?


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Robber Barons or Captains of Industry

  • What does that mean? What are we debating?


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Robber Barons or Captains of Industry

  • Task:

    • You will engage in a debate regarding whether the corporate leaders of the Gilded Age were Robber Barons or Captains of Industry.

    • Part One: 25 minutes

      • You will divided into four groups:

        • Two Robber Baron groups

        • Two Captain of Industry groups

      • With your group you will examine four key corporate leaders: Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Cornelius Vanderbilt

      • You will then draft 2-3 arguments in favor of your position and support each with 2-3 pieces of evidence

    • Part Two: 30 minutes

      • You will debate your opposing group!


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