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Industrial Revolution Links

By Sarah Rooker on July 4, 2013 in Teaching Industrial Revolution


A National Endowment for the Humanities site chock full of well-designed lesson plans, each geared to a certain grade level.

Was There an Industrial Revolution? Americans at Work Before the Civil War

The Industrial Age in America: Robber Barons and Captains of Industry

The Industrial Age in America: Sweatshops, Steel Mills, and Factories

I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad

The Panic of 1837 and the Presidency of Martin Van Buren

Reminiscences of a Lowell Mill Girl
A very interesting excerpt from Harriet Robinson’s Loom and Spindle, published in 1898.

Whole Cloth: Discovering Science and Technology Through American History
This excellent Smithsonian site is all about teaching the history of textile industry in the U.S. It’s a teaching site, complete with well-designed units, student activities, teacher and student essays, bibliographies, glossaries, timeframes, outcomes, etc. Geared to middle and high school students.

Child Labor in the United States
This site offers a classroom activity based on links to websites displaying Lewis Hine’s famous photographs of child laborers (1908-1912), and an exhibit about Southern mill towns (http://www.ibiblio.org/sohp/scholarship/bamberger/bamberger_closing.html).

Women Working, 1800-1930
Thousands of digitized books, manuscripts, and photographs about women and work, from the Harvard University Library.


Growing a Nation: A History of American Agriculture
From the government’s Economic Research Service, the premier source of research on American agriculture, comes this series of extensive timelines that can be searched by decade or by topic.


Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Various digitized historical materials from the Harvard University Library: documents, photographs, also a very good timeline. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum website

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum site has lesson plans, primary sources, and a great encyclopedia on topics like immigrant groups, the labor movement, and urban life (http://www.tenement.org/Encyclopedia/index.htm).