A Unit for High School Students in U.S. History and Economics Courses

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Unit Preview: City Centers

Keys to History: Economics Glossary/History Time Line

What is Invisible and Everywhere?--How the Economy Works


Case Studies of U.S. Economic Development


The City Center


City Connections: Railroads to Chicago

Farming Progress in a City: McCormick's Reaper

Social Change: Hull House

Labor Change: The Haymarket Confrontation

New York / Philadelphia

City Connections: River Transportation

Consequences of Change: The Auto and the Airplane

Economic Development: One City Neighborhood

Framework for Developing a Case Study

Teaching Resources for this Unit:

Project Bibliography

Glossary of Terms

The Schumpeter/Gras Model: Explanation/Discussion

Teaching Notes for the Case Studies

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