The Boas & Braman Experience


November 2015

Gilded Age Readings

Guilded Age Reading List – This reading list covers over 150 pages of T&S. It is not meant to help with Evidence – It is intended to help you with the narrative.  Please read and take notes on these pages by Tuesday, December 2nd.

  • Intro to part 5:                             744-745
  • Intro to Chapter 19                    746-748
    • EoC Review 19                   768-769
  • Intro to Chapter 20                    786-787
    • EoC Review 20                   822-823
  • Intro to Chapter 21                     824-828
    • Nativist Response             834-835
    • (No intro to 22)
    • A New Era                            895-897
    • EoC Review 22                    898-899

Grand Total:      15 pages


For our Gilded Age World’s Fair

You should consider these three main topics covered in T&S chapters 20,21,&22:

  • Big Business and Labor
  • Westward expansion
  • Social Movements

Please avoid political parties, court decisions, and legislative actions. We are trying to explore economic and social drivers of this post-reconstruction era.

Tonight’s homework is to:

  1. Decide if you intend to work solo or with others. Plan to contribute 2 hours to this project tonight and tomorrow (including class time). Groups may be no larger than three.
  2. Conduct research in T&S to come up with a sub-topic (the sub-topic must be introduced in the text) and do some of the initial research for it. STAY AWAY FROM WIKIPEDIA.
  3. Research a backup topic in case your topic gets taken before you get it. You may choose a series of related topics.
  4. Collect what you need to get started. Be ready to work during class tomorrow planning the project.

Regardless of your group size, you will need to individually contribute a significant (2-hour) portion.  Group members will all need to be expert at all facets of their topic.

For the ‘booth’ you will build for the fair Wednesday, November 25th, you will need to include:

  • A title on the poster/tri-fold
  • At least three pictures that show the complexity and significance of the topic
  • At least three primary source excerpts
  • A works cited for texts and photos

For your presentations, be sure to:

  • include the basic information and context in the early 20th century
  • help your visitors see the ‘rosy’ picture of your subtopic, but…
    • make sure they walk away understanding what critics would say as well
  • help visitors make connections to other presentations/booths
  • present future implications of your subtopic
    • how will this be important to the 21st century?

Unit 4 1/2 – reconstruction to the gilded age

Homework tonight (11/19) includes:

  • Completing a reading of the document assigned in class which was the last portion of Zinn – from the 15th Amendment on)
  • Reviewing T&S 731-732 & 738-739
  • Reviewing 748-753
  • Notetaking on 753-763

As you are studying for Tuesday’s multiple choice and Essay tests…

Be sure to consider these items introduced in readings, video, and lecture:

Civil War & Reconstruction:


  •             NW Territories
  •             Missouri Compr.
  •             Mississippi River
  •             Ohio River
  •             Delaware River
  •             Washington
  •             Richmond
  •             Oregon Territory
  •             Texas
  •             Nebraska Territory
  •             Kansas Territory
  •             Northern States
  •             Upper South
  •             Middle South
  •             Lower South
  •             All States in 1860
  •             Civil War Battles

Civil War Battles: From Ken Burns Video & Presentations

  •             Peninsular Campaign
  •                         Fort Sumter
  •             Bull Run
  •             Shiloh
  •             Antietam
  •             Fredricksburg
  •             Chancelorville
  •             Vicksburg
  •             Gettysburg
    •             – Cemetery Ridge
    •             – Round Top
  •             Chicamauga
  •             Chattanooga
  •             Petersburg
  •             Franklin
  •             Appomattox Court House


  •             Abraham Lincoln
  •             Jefferson Davis
  •             John Calhoun
  •             Henry Clay
  •             Robert E. Lee
  •             Ulysses S. Grant
  •             George McClellan
  •             John Wilkes Booth
  •             John Brown
  •             William T. Sherman
  •             Stonewall Jackson
  •             Dredd Scott
  •             Roger B. Taney
  •             Frederick Douglass
  •             Andrew Johnson

Political & Legislative action:

  • Emancipation Procl.
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Lincoln’s 1st inaugural
  • Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Wilmot Proviso
  • 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments
  • Civil Rights Act 1866
  • Wade-Davis Bill
  • Lincoln Restoration plan
  • Reconstruction Acts
  • Tenure of office Act
  • Black Codes
  • Special Field Order #15
  • Freedman’s Bureau
  • Impeachment
  • Elections of 1860, 64, 68

Data at 1860:

  •             Population of North
  •             Population of South
  •                Slave Population
  •             Economic output

Additional Concepts:

  • Carpetbaggers & Scalawags
  • Radical Reconstruction
  • Redemption
  • Flanking movement
  • Siege and Attrition
  • Panic of 1873
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Fugitive Slave Laws
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • Sharecropping
  • Tenant Farmer
  • Union Military Strategy
  • Confederate Strategy

Data after Civil War:

  •             Casualties of North
  •             Casualties of South
  •             Casualties of blacks
  •             Debt






Reconstruction reading due Monday 

T&S –  take notes on these few pages and review for your Tuesday test – both mc and essay. 

  • 712-715 Johnson and Radical Reconstruction
  • 724-727 carpetbaggers and scalawags
  • 731-732 white terror
  • The five documents distributed in class

Just to be clear…

This evening – the evening of November 9th – students should be:

  1. Spending a few extra minutes preparing for their presentations
  2. Reading/reviewing the linked battles on the list of 15 (Sumter, Bull Run, Richmond, Fredricksburg, Appomattox Courthouse).
  3. start Reading and taking notes from T&S Chapter 17: 663-674 (due by 11/11)

As we prepare for the Civil War Test

The test – as explained on Friday, November 6th – will include two main parts: 60+ multiple choice questions and one essay prompt (chosen from at least two options).  As always, this test will be without notes.  It will be on Tuesday, November 17th.

It will continue to stay true to the topic of Slavery – it’s spread and influence on the economic, political, and social/cultural development of American history.  With this in mind, there are three primary eras that the scope of this test will include:

  • The political buildup to war (think all events that contributed to division/secession, especially those related to slavery [and don’t forget war with Mexico])
  • The Civil War itself (think military leadership, strategy, and battles)
  • Reconstruction (economic, political, and social/cultural as they relate to race)

Your readings to date are a good guide for what to study – have you made flashcards yet?  Have you begun to study?

Relevant readings to date include:

  • Zinn (Mexican American War)
  • American Odyssey and Dred Scott
  • Tindall and Shi All of Chapter 16: 603-616; 616-630; 630-645.
    • Selections from Chapter 17: 663-674 (by 11/11); 684-689 (by 11/9).
  • Ken Burns Video episodes One(The Cause), Two(A Very Bloody Affair), and Five (Gettysburg)
  • The Americans “Slavery and Reform”

Unit 4 readings

The Reading Schedule for Unit 4 includes the three sections of Chapter 16 of Tindall and Shi.  In addition, there will be selected readings from an additional source – this online textbook.  The homework for Monday, November 2nd will be pages 295- 311.  Tuesday, November 3rd’s work will be 311-328.  Pay particular attention to the non-military maps and visuals.

In addition, when you are reading, please consider the expectations reviewed in class.  For note taking, please do more than react (Oh, wow!  That’s sad. 😦  or How awful!).  You need to make meaning of the text.  Please print this guide for your use if you need the guidance.  It includes both the expectations and the rubric.  You may certainly use some other method than the three-column strategy , but please take careful notes on these three things:

  1. The Events – (events, ideas, social/political movements, places, etc.)
  2. The Evidence – (data, cited quotes, proof and support)
  3. Your Elaboration – (analysis, synthesis, connections, and meanings answering ‘So What?’)

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