what major ways did industrialization during the Gilded Age (1865-1900) change American
business and labor practices?
*The Introduction must set the historical scene
(What is going on at the time?) and then explain what you will argue and why.
*In particular, you will notice that each
of the following essay prompts asks you to make several analytical judgments:
you need to decide which historical
factors are most important, explain how
they shaped the course of the event, and argue why they were (and are) ultimately significant in U.S. History.
how you do that: You begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence stating
which factor you argue is most important and why. Defend this claim as
thoroughly as you possibly can, using evidence, facts, drawing connections, and
providing a strong and rigorous interpretation throughout the paragraph. Repeat
in each paragraph.
*This essay is only four pages; thus,
there is no need to waste time simply restating the claims you just made in the
preceding paragraphs once again in the conclusion.