ponder question from previous lesson:
How serious were health concerns raised by the sanitation
issues you identified?
is an issue of disease and illness. The class will research
the health diseases and illnesses affected the American
population during this time. Students will individually
research projects locating diseases directly resulting
from contamination and pollution associated with industry
or community elements (such as tenement houses, stables,
overcrowded conveyances, filthy streets, etc.) The teacher
will assign different topics to students referencing the
Public Health List from the previous lesson and the “Working
9 to 5?” Industries list to compile a new working
will be responsible for the following data (Handout 1):
Industry or community element
Explain what the industry or community element is.
Identify what is the cause of contamination or pollution
at the identified locale. How does it get to people
or the environment?
disease or illness
Explain what specific disease or diseases can result
from the situation.
Define what the disease is and how it manifests
Locate an example of an outbreak in a city or factory
implications of such outbreaks (death, illness, survival
who got ill (age and wealth)
any medications available for the illness or disease
and who had access to them. Explore why.
how common such outbreaks could be and where they tended
Identify an article or muckraker that pointed out this
problem and find example. Include an image or quote
from their work.
Identify at least one possible regulation or labor
movement that attempted to correct the problem at the
local level. Give dates and title of regulation(s).
Identify statewide regulation(s) addressing the problem.
Give dates and title of regulation(s).
Identify national regulation(s) enacted to deal with
the problem. Give dates and title of regulation(s).
Create a timeline, showing the succession of these
Locate a modern image of the same industry or community
element for comparison.
Address the implications today of these historic sanitary
blunders. Are any of their ‘leftovers’ still
haunting us today?
write down ideas and a tentative outline using what they
have done in the past and the list of data (above) of the
materials they must locate.
will have a day of library research and a day of Internet
research. They may have an additional day for research,
if teacher chooses.
create a Power Point presentation using tutorials listed
in resource section if necessary (or traditional report)
incorporating all information. The presentation or report
should address how the industry or community element has
changed from the turn of the century to our present day
because of awareness and regulation. (If students are creating
traditional reports they will need to prepare presentation
materials using posters, overheads, or handouts.)
will their research to the class. Presentations
will take 5-10 minutes each.
8. End by noting that Industry has been defined, the implications of combining
jobs and technology during the Industrial Revolution need to be further
addressed. Pose the question: How did technology define business,
the city landscape, and the American worker’s role during the