Unit 5: Industrial Revolution
locomotive speeding along the Lehigh Valley Railroad mainline in
Eastern Pennsylvania. The LVRR ran through my hometown of
Slatington, PA, and it was one of many railroads which I remember from
my childhood in the area. Railroads really were the driving force
behind the Industrial
Revolution of the nineteenth century.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- Post (or respond) your thoughts/ideas about this unit's reading and assignment in the Blackboard online discussion forum.
Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 50 points of extra credit, read Charles Dicken, Hard Times, and submit the Dickens paper.
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read Emile Zola's Germinal (free at www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/ez/germinal.html, but the book version is better) and explain how his conception of the Industrial Revolution differed
from that of Dickens. (Consider watching the 1993 movie version
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Factory Reformers and Child Labour 1750-1900,
particularly the section on "Life in the Factory," and write a long
paragraph in which you examine the motives of the factory reformers.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the selections of Women Miners in the English Coal Pits (1842) and write a long paragraph in which you comment upon the costs
of the Industrial Revolution. Please be sure to include quoted
- For up to 5 points of extra credit, answer the Dickens study sheet questions.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) identify some of the key inventions during the Industrial Revolution, (2) assess the causes and effects of industrialization in the western world and (3) analyze a historical source.
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