Industrial Revolution Webquest Assignment

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Industrial Revolution Webquest Assignment

  1. Read Article and answer questions

Industrialization and Conflict in America: 1840–1875 is an article that describes aspects of the Industrial Revolution from the human point of view.  Manufacturing, inventions and economic growth had a distinct impact on society.  These changes altered the way people perceived the world in which they lived.  This impact was most evident in the nineteenth century emphasis on family, nature and art.  After reading the essay (located at the end of the webquest), answer the following questions:

  1. According to the article, from which two countries did most people emigrate during this period of the Industrial Revolution?

  1. According to the article, which two inventions helped the spread of industry?

  1. According to the author, why did people want to escape urban, industrial areas?

  1. How does Thomas Cole's painting, The Oxbow, represent a reaction to the Industrial Revolution?  Do you think that it is a positive or negative reaction?

  1. How did industrialization influence westward expansion?

2) Review a) Factory Time table and b)Lewiston Mill Rules.

Factory Time Table

  1. How many hours per day did workers average? 

  2. What hours did the factory operate from March 20 through September 19?

  3. What hours did it operate from September 20 through March 19?

  4. Why were the workers' hours different at different times of the year?

  5. How is the Lowell Mill work day different from most work days today?  Which would you prefer?

Lewiston Mill Rules

Some of the rules at Lewiston Mill are similar to rules at work today, and many are different. 

  1. What is one rule that is similar to today?

  2. What is one rule that is different from today?

3) Children at Work. Choose one of the following children and read about his/her experiences working in a factory.  Based on what you read, list at least three reasons why you would not want to work in a factory under similar conditions. 

David Rowland
Joseph Herbergam
 Hannah Brown
 Elizabeth Bently



4) Smithsonian Interactive: Family Life

  1. View the artifact slideshow about the LYNCH’s and read about each one. 

5) Inventors and Industrialists. Read about J.D. Rockefeller and answer questions. Choose ONE of the other Inventors and Industrialists following and answer his questions.

John D. Rockefeller

  1. What was Rockefeller's first business?

  2. In what other industry was Rockefeller involved?

  3. What was his philanthropic (charitable) impact?

  4. Why did some people believe that Rockefeller had a negative impact?

  5. In what ways did he have a positive impact?

  6. Explain why you think his overall impact was either positive or negative.

Thomas Edison: Watch the Edison film linked here.  Think about evidence of technology or industry.  Give at least two examples of how the film represents the Industrial Revolution.

The Wright Brothers: This newspaper article introduces readers to the Wright Brothers.  Examine the cartoon and explain what is meant by the caption "Father Time Ushers in a New Age." 

Alexander Graham Bell: These sketches by Bell are of the first telephone.  The inscription states: “As far as I can remember these are the first drawings made of any telephone or instrument for the transition of verbal utterance by telegraph."  Based on the drawings, explain how the first telephone worked. 

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