Exemplary Materials Grant
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Exemplary Undergraduate Research Funding Award Application
Type of Award Requested
Textile, Steel & Meat-Packing: The Effect of Gilded Age & Progressive Era Industry
Purpose, Description, or Abstract
The exhibit “Textile, Steel & Meat-Packing: The Effect of Gilded Age & Progressive Era Industry’s” purpose is to educate the students and faculty of Flagler College on the effect of one era and class of American history on another, and to prompt a discussion of the consequences of economic greed from the familiar standpoint of individualism.
“Textile, Steel & Meat-Packing: The Effect of Gilded Age & Progressive Era Industry’s” is an exhibit that will use the library to educate the students and faculty of Flagler College in November of 2017 on the effect of one era and class of American history on another. It will create a discussion forum for students and faculty on the consequences of economic greed from the familiar standpoint of individualism.
"The Gilded Age and Progressive Era are traditionally defined by industrialization and urbanization, but the impact these two changes had on American society have been the study of historians since they happened. The textile, steel, and meat-packing industries made hyper-rich robber barons, muckraking journalists, and lower-class heroes. Social Darwinism caused a misunderstanding in higher classes, that the lower classes created their own situations. It was truly the conditions the lower classes had to deal with that caused their low standing. Though Social Darwinism was widely accepted at the turn of the century, it was the conditions of the industries made the situation of each class. The industries of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era were not in a survival-of-the-fittest world; instead the industries revolved around greed and survival. This essay will examine the argument that the conditions of the top three industries in the Gilded Age and Progressive era - textile, steel, and meat-packing - created the situations of the working class. The new argument that the conditions made the situations, formatted from the approaches other historian’s methodologies, will expose the delusion of Social Darwinism. The new argument will also discuss the impact of Progressive Era reformers on the industries of the Gilded Age."
(Student Name). “Did the Industries of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Make the Conditions of the Working Class?” Research Paper, Flagler College, 2017.
“Textile, Steel & Meat-Packing” will be a short, but comprehensive exhibit. The exhibit will be composed of five panels forty-inches-high, and thirty-five-inch-wide. Each panel will be printed with information on the front. The exhibit will begin with an introduction panel, then a panel that will go through each industry. Each of the industries will have additional information centered around an influential person in that industry. The exhibit will include one object, one document, and books, as well as several discussion-prompting questions throughout. The questions will serve as interactive material. While the information on each panel will serve as the educational portion of the exhibit.
Students and faculty will connect with the social problems of the past, discuss how they interpreted those issues, and continue to inquire about their continuation.
Item 5 Exhibit Panels
Cost ($) $320.00
Vendor/Company PIP Printing and Marketing Services
Justification The panels are the main part of the exhibit and hold all the text and photographs.
Item Strike Sign Replica
Cost ($) $40.00
Justification The Strike Sign will be one of the main objects of the exhibit to help students and visitors connect with the cause. I will make the sign to lower costs and obtain the desired effect.
Time August-September 2017
Describe Activity Redesign of the Exhibit.
Time September 2017
Describe Activity Editing of the redesign.
Time September-October 2017
Describe Activity Working with the printer, and having the panels printed.
Time October 2017
Describe Activity Making the Strike Sign Replica.
Time November 2017
Describe Activity Installing the Exhibit.
Time November-December 2017
Describe Activity Exhibit on Display.
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