The Late 19th Century, the Industrial Revolution, Women's Suffrage and the Gilded Age
In the late 19th century, the United States began to change from a rural nation to an urban one. The Industrial Revolution contributed greatly to this trend, and led to the creation of great wealth, much of which rested in the hands of a few individuals. This period in U.S. history became known as the Gilded Age. Read on to learn more about the late 19th century, the Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age.
The Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age
Top Sites for the Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age
For the Industrial Revolution and age of invention …
Bowling Green State University presents a chronological report on America in the 1890s. Take a year-by-year look at the art, politics, music, architecture and social life of America at the end of the 19th century.
America’s Smithsonian covers American inventors and inventions. Find thumbnail pictures of inventions like the telegraph, telephone and light bulb, and descriptions of inventors like George Washington Carver.
Northern Illinois University Libraries present "Illinois During the Gilded Age," an exploration of Illinois in the late 19th century that examines the relationship between local events and national trends. Read essays that cover topics such as the Great Chicago Fire and the labor movement.
PBS hosts "The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie" as part of its American Experience project. Find a timeline, photo gallery, materials for kids and helpful teacher resources.
National Museum of American History covers the history of sweatshops in America. The Web site contains information from the 1820s to the present, with pictures and documents that illustrate the changing lives of workers. Information is presented by time period in the “History” section of the site.
For women’s suffrage …
Timeline of Women’s Suffrage in the United States in an independent Web site that chronicles important dates in the women’s suffrage movement, from Abigail Adams in 1776 to Susan B. Anthony in the 19th century. It ends with the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.
The Library of Congress has a vast collection of U.S. women’s history resources. This online research guide is the Internet version of the Library’s book, "American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States," published in 2001.
For the Spanish-American War …
PBS presents "Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War." Read about Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and find newspaper articles and a section on the music of the war. There are links to historical resources, a discussion forum and a section for teachers and students.