HIS 102
Unit 5:  Industrial Revolution
Lehigh Valley Locomotive

A Lehigh Valley 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.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 19. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • For a maximum of 50 points 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 also.)
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, consider doing the Optional Industry Paragraph from HIS 112
  • For a maximum of 25 points 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 a maximum of 25 points 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 material.
  • For a maximum of 10 points extra credit, answer the Dickens study sheet questions.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send 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.

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