Unit 6: Industrialization and Western Modernization
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Photo of the
Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA, very near to where I
grew up. At one time in the early 1950s, over 20,000 men and
women worked in these enormous steel works in Bethlehem, which, if
memory serves me correct, stretched for something like 10 miles
the Lehigh River and then back along and behind South Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania.
Many of my relatives worked there and a lot of my friends' dads.
My uncle was killed there when a blast furnace
exploded in the late 1940s.
is not much left of the plant
now as the company is bankrupt and most of the steel works are slowly
rusting away or are being dismantled for revitalization and
development. There has been talk of making the furnaces a museum
of American industry. This photo taken in 1992 shows the plant
still a hub
of activity. This is what the industrial revolution was all
about. Photo used with permission Harald Finster. Please check out his marvelous website with images of European and American
factories and industrial works.
Extra Credit Options
- See the videos dealing with the Industrial Revolution in the HIS 102 course.
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the url and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
- Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 27. 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 some selections of Romantic Poems
and write a one-page paper in which you examine some of the main
characteristics of the Romantic era. Please be sure to include
- 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
- For 10 points maximum extra credit, answer the Industry paragraph 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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