Gilded Age and Progressive Era

The Rise of Big Business

Clock 90 minutes

This lesson explores the rise of big business during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.  Students will gain an understanding and analyze the technological, organizational, and economic factors that led to the rise of big business and its effects through a historical narrative, primary sources, the lives of Gilded Age businessmen, and several dynamic activities.  Students will better understand the role of business in American society in history and today.

Founding Principles

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Equality

Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.

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Limited Government

Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.

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Property Rights

The natural right of all individuals to create, obtain, and control their possessions, beliefs, faculties, and opinions, as well as the fruits of their labor.

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Rule of Law

Government and citizens all abide by the same laws regardless of political power. Those laws respect individual rights, are transparently enacted, are justly applied, and are stable.

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