history 116

1.      From the e-Activity about the Lost Cause and the video in Instructor Insights, compare the two (2) different narratives about the causes and results of the Civil War that Americans developed in both Union states and Confederate states. Describe at least three key differences between the two narratives, and discuss whether you still see evidence of these different views of the war in the modern United States.



2.      The Industrial Revolution” Please respond to the following:(Note: Please respond to one [1] of the following two [2] bulleted items in a primary posting of at least 125 words. In addition, please make a substantive comment to one [1] of your classmates.)

·         From the scenario, the Industrial Revolution created many changes in American society. Imagine yourself as an an “average” person at the time who worked on a farm or in one of the new factories, and consider at least two advantages and two disadvantages the new industries brought to your life.

·         Compare and contrast one of the men who made a fortune in the Industrial Revolution (i.e., Rockefeller, Carnegie) with someone who has made a fortune in today’s technology revolution (perhaps Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg). Areas to consider might include their socio-economic backgrounds, how they developed their business models, their charitable donations (and motivations), their treatment of workers (at all levels), and their involvement with anti-trust or other similar issues. Pick at least two areas to discuss. (Note: Please don’t cut and paste their bios from the Internet.  We can all look that up ourselves– we want to hear your own thoughts and analysis of your reading.  Just explain where you found the information.)




3.      Discuss at least two distinctive features (positive or negative) of each major region of the country (North, South, and West) in this period.  Analyze the extent to which you see any of these developments or features continuing into the present day, economically or culturally.