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Were the founders of many American industries Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?

Were they negative or positive for America and Americans?


Learning Targets

World History: Leadership & People

  • Understands the impact of leaders on their country, society, and time period.


U.S. History: Transformation

  • Describe the impact of change on the physical and cultural environments.


21st Century Skills: Initiative & Responsibility

  • Meeting quality standards: Organizes time and resources to accomplish a task and double checks work for accuracy and craftsmanship.


ELA: Questioning

  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
    • Is skilled at using several credible sources to investigate a complex topic.


  1. Conduct research on your assigned person using the notes format given,
  2. Decide if your assigned person was a Robber Baron or a Captain of Industry,
  3. Write a persuasive/argumentative/opinion essay stating and defending your opinion that includes a bibliography,
  4. Create a magazine cover that aligns with your essay.


 For more detailed help on the research process, see the Mahoney Projects and Research guide for help on finding sources, search strategies, evaluating sources, and citations.

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