1.1: The Money Men

Guiding question: According to Zinn and Johnson, were the capitalist leaders of the late 19th century “Robber Barons” or “Captains of Industry”?  What argument and evidence does each author provide?  What are the implications of each label?

Before class:

READ the sections in Zinn and Johnson noted on the Unit 1 Guide.    Teams might want to decide ahead of time who should bring Z and who should bring J.  Everyone needs to bring at least one book or copied pages to class with pertinent passages marked.

You can contact your team via Canvas. Each team needs to “self enroll.” Access groups/users by either clicking on “Communication” and then “Email” or  “Groups.”

A tip:  The guiding question at the top of this page is an example of the sort of  question to expect on an exam.  Your work together with the information and insight your team offers will provide a solid basis for constructing a good essay.  Look at “Tips for Writing a Good Essay”/ Resources for additional help.


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