The Rise of Industry: 1860-1900

The Rise of Industry: 1860-1900

by Christopher Collier
     
 

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the…  See more details below

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.
The Rise of Industry gives a detailed account of the industrialization of America in the last decades of the 19th century. It includes descriptions of the technological advances of the late 1800s, poor working conditions, the rise of large corporations and labor unions, and eventual government regulation. The text is enhanced with photographs, and images of historic art & artifacts.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In "The Drama of American History" series, the Collier brothers ably present critical time periods in our nation's history. In this volume the focus rests on the huge changes wrought by the industrialization of American life. The socio-economic alterations faced by the generation born prior to the Civil War are as all encompassing as those experienced by any generation in American history. American society entered that era as one primarily agrarian in nature. By the end of the nineteenth century the vast majority of Americans resided in or near cities. The pace and scope of the workday radically changed from a time when individual and handmade craftsmanship was superseded by the routine of machine assembly. Life in America changed in fundamental ways as families moved from the family farm to the bustle of urban life. This book details these social factors and looks at the giants of the age who helped shape the broader society. Individuals such as Rockefeller, Morgan, Carnegie, and Westinghouse are each clearly described in their unique roles within the changing economic world. Attendantly, the painful emergence of the labor unions is described in a manner fitting for that necessary yet bloody transformation. The rise of industry marked the transition to the modern world that we know. As such it is vitally important to see where our current society came from. Through the use of well crafted text and period photographs and illustrations this book provides a balanced and enjoyable account of a vitally significant time in American history.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Although many history books for children aim only at an objective presentation of the facts, the Colliers have opted for interpretational history. As the series preface states, the authors are interested in "citizenship education" and in presenting "the basic themes of the American story, and what they mean to us now." In Immigration, they explain that conditions in the immigrants' homelands and in the U.S., including racial and ethnic prejudice, class distinctions, and maltreatment of the powerless by the powerful, created the vast waves of movement that had such an impact on this country in the 19th century. Yet, only a generation or two later, immigrants or their children often expressed anti-immigrant sentiments against new arrivals. Likewise, in Industry, the tremendous economic boon to the U.S. is not trumpeted to the exclusion of the abuse of workers-including children-by early industry giants, and the deep philanthropy of some figures is explicitly tied to the wealth gained by owners at the expense of employees. By focusing on broad themes, the Colliers are able to show cause and effect over several decades and to make the sweep of time "bite-sized" and intelligible. The frequent full-color and black-and-white period photographs and engravings effectively supplement and enrich the texts.-Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620645178
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
10/26/2012
Series:
Drama of American History Series , #14
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
15 MB
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Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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