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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Questions to Think About for Debates

For Periods 2, 3, 4, and 7 (Period 6, yours are on your pages). Enjoy and I hope these can help.
Period 2:
Why were steel and oil refining different from earlier industrial or other kinds of production?
How did oil and steel change the American economy?
What problems did they create for workers?
Period 3:
How were workers treated?
What is philanthropy?
How did Carnegie and Rockefeller change capitalism?
Period 4:
When workers went on strike, they lost pay and invited an angry reaction from owners and others. Why did workers do that? How did and do they deal with negative responses?
How did strikes create pressure on owners?
Should workers have had or have the right to strike?
Period 7:
Why was Mark Twain critical of the Gilded Age?
What goals did unions have (or should they have had)?
Why were business owners so powerful? What powers did they have?

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