Gilded Age and Progressive Era
The Rise of Big Business
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.
Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.
Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.
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.
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.