HIS 112
Optional Industry Paragraph Assignment


These are the cement kilns of the Coplay Cement Company, once located in Coplay, Pennsylvania, dating to 1893-1904, and all that remain of a once very thriving and prosperous industrial plant. The kilns were used in the production of Portland cement, and were originally about thirty feet higher.  In the kiln a mixture of limestone and shale or clay are heated to very, very high temperatures circa 1400 degrees to produce cement (a gross oversimplification but it will do) .  I remember often driving by these when I was a kid, and they were in much worse shape then.  It is good to see that they have been preserved as part of the industrial heritage of the Lehigh Valley where I grew up.  Photo credit twg1942.

Cement Kilns
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Read the excerpt from Friedrich Engels on Industrial Manchester in 1844 (along with the document background notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from Engels' Industrial Manchester (not from the textbook), what were some of the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the city of Manchester?
Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).

Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Optional Industry Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.



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