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Labor/Management Negotiation: A Simulation Activity

Where it Fits into the Curriculum

This lesson plan is useful for units aimed at teaching about industrialization and the labor movement in the United States during the late 19th and 20th centuries. It can also be used for units focusing on the role of negotiation and compromise between competing interests in our economic system.


Relevant MSDE Standards

Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)

Standard 1
How the rise of corporations, heavy industry, and mechanized farming transformed the American people.
Standard 1A
The student understands the connections among industrialization, the advent of the modern corporation, and material well-being.
Standard 3
The rise of the American labor movement and how political issues reflected social and economic changes.
Standard 3A
The students understands how the “second industrial revolution” changed the nature and conditions of work.
Standard 3B
The student understands the rise of national labor unions and the role of state and federal governments in labor conflicts. 

Era 7:The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)

Standard 1
How Progressives and others addressed problems of industrial capitalism, urbanization, and political corruption

Era 10:Contemporary America (1968 to the present)

Standard 2
Economic, social, and cultural developments in contemporary America


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