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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:

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)
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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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