American History Timeline Resources: The Gilded Age and 2nd Industrial Revolution

The Civil War is over and we are forging through Reconstruction and into The Gilded Age and 2nd Industrial Revolution. The movers and shakers that played a big role in the rise of America are busy and active building their empires, and by proxy, America.

American History Timeline Resources: The Gilded Age & 2nd Industrial Revolution from Starts At Eight includes resources, books, videos, and projects for studying this time period in American History. Meet some of the Men who Built America, learn about the Spanish American War, meet the Wright Brothers, explore the Titanic and more.

Our previous installments of American History Timeline Resources include:

We begin this period (The Gilded Age and 2nd Industrial Revolution) with taking a look at some of the Men Who Built America, as well as the Spanish American War, and some major events that shaped our history.

American History Timeline Resources: The Gilded Age and 2nd Industrial Revolution

Many of the projects and brief readings for The Gilded Age and 2nd Industrial Revolution come from the Home School in the Woods – History Through the Ages – Time Traveler Series. In the case of this time period we are using History Through the Ages – Time Travelers – The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression.

All the names in the red headlines are ones we will be adding to our timeline notebook. While we may not study each one in depth, we will touch on them in some manner in relation to the given time period. We will spend around 5 weeks on these topics.

American History Timeline Resources: The Gilded Age & 2nd Industrial Revolution from Starts At Eight includes resources, books, videos, and projects for studying this time period in American History. Meet some of the Men who Built America, learn about the Spanish American War, meet the Wright Brothers, explore the Titanic and more.

* Please note that what movies you choose to watch with your children is a personal choice. Be sure to screen the movies and decide for yourself if you want to show them to your children.

The Gilded Age

Khan Academy’s Introduction to the Gilded Age – This is a multi-part section on the Gilded Age culminating with a practice question section where your student can show what they know.

The Men Who Built America mini-series – This is a docudrama, with actors in the roles of the industrial and financial giants and their competitors. Such giants include men like Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andre Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford. Use these FREE Printable Viewing Guide Questions for each Episode to add to your child’s history notebook.

The Spanish American War

Read

  • Brief Summary about the Spanish-American War – Includes causes, the war itself, the aftermath, and a look at some primary resources to help students understand key aspects of the Spanish-American War.
  • Spanish-American War for Kids – This ends in a quick 10 question quiz.

Watch

The Spanish American War for Dummies: US History Review 

The Wright Brothers

We studied the Wright Brothers via this unit study I created: Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers

Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers from Starts At Eight. Movies are are great way to enhance history studies. Learn about the Wright Brothers and the history of flight through movies and other resources.

You might also like this Nova Documentary I found as well as this 100 Years of Flight from Scholastic which includes some reading and a few fun activities which me complete at the end of our study.

The Titanic

One of the ways I love to study history is via historical fiction. This is how we chose to begin our look at the Titanic. This Titanic Unit Study includes a list of historical fiction options for you to choose from as well as a FREE Printable Timeline, other related activities and even some quick questions to test your student’s knowledge!

Historical Fiction Series - Titanic from Starts At Eight

Immigration

American History Timeline Resources: The Gilded Age & 2nd Industrial Revolution from Starts At Eight includes resources, books, videos, and projects for studying this time period in American History. Meet some of the Men who Built America, learn about the Spanish American War, meet the Wright Brothers, explore the Titanic and more.

Lesson 6 & 7 in Time Travelers – The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression – covered things relating to immigration during this time period. Including how they got here, their poor work conditions, child labor, and more.

Not sure how to do all this? Check out How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan for all the details!

How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan from Starts At Eight. How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan is a step by step guide to using a timeline as the spine for your homeschool history studies.

Timeline Based American History Series

Timeline Based Middle School History {A Two Year American History Plan} from Starts At Eight is a two year plan (including resources) for teaching middle school history with a timeline as the spine.

Be sure to bookmark this Timeline Based Middle School History page and check back each month as we add our resources and projects for each time period!

We will spend approximately 5 weeks per time period. With each time period below I will include a list of multiple book and video resources, as well as a project or two for that time period. Be sure to click on each time period heading (as it gets linked along the way) to see what exactly we ended up including in our study, and how exactly we did it.

Year One

Before 1630 – Pre America

1630 – 1763 – Colonial America

1763 – 1783 – The American Revolution

1783 – 1860 – The Young Republic & Westward Expansion 

1830-1876 – Slavery, The Civil War & Reconstruction

Year Two

1871 – 1920 – The Gilded Age & 2nd Industrial Revolution {This Post}

1914 – 1933 – WWI/Depression

1933 – 1945 – New Deal/WWII

1945 – 1960 – Postwar America

1960-1980 – The Vietnam Era

1980 – 2000 – End of the Century