Capital & Labor During the Gilded Age Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



This PowerPoint (or Google Slides) on life during the Gilded Age in the late 1800s America is a great resource for teachers. The slides are detailed and professionally designed.

To make the lesson more interactive, there is one slide with a cartoon to analyze and one slide with a primary source by Andrew Carnegie to analyze.

Content in PPT includes:

  • Post-Civil War America
  • Taylorism
  • Industrialization and mass production
  • Corporations
  • Monopolies
  • Rise of inequality
  • Titans of Industry (Barons of Business)
  • Social Darwinism
  • Republican domination in the Gilded Age
  • Labor movements
  • Great Railroad Strike of 1877
  • Knights of Labor
  • Haymarket Riot
  • American Federation of Labor
  • Pullman Strike
  • Populist Movement
  • Farmers’ Alliance
  • Colored Farmers’ Alliance
  • Omaha Platform
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Politics of Gold (“Free Silver”)
  • Socialist Party of America (SPA)
  • People’s Party
  • and more!

Files in this download include:

  • Editable PowerPoint (Google Slides option available)
  • Primary Source PDF (Google Drive option available)
  • Student Study Guide Notes (print for students or load to LMS)
  • Teacher Guide PDF (print one copy for you)

This is a useful presentation you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own (students could read the slides and the notes). The design is professional and with the right amount of words on each slide (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you could simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes (it is suggested you review the slides before class though).

It includes a teacher guide sheet that you can print and use when presenting. The information in the guide sheet and PPT notes include additional information that is not on the slides (in other words, it will make you look smart!). This way, the teacher can add interesting little comments or data to each slide. You can either print the whole guide sheet, or just the pages you need help with.

You can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link which is found in the first slide).

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this presentation:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom; one slide includes an interactive activity for students to complete
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events.
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides (and notes)
  • Alternatively: have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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