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Industrial Revolution: 3. Entrepreneurs, Factory Owners, Bourgeoisie

Modern World History

Day 4 - Creative Product

Tell us all about your life as a member of the upper class! Each group member will create ONE of the following:

  1. a presentation of your lives as new members of the wealthy middle class or bourgeoisie
  2. a tour of the London sites, museums, and theatres you visit frequently - Google Earth recommended
  3. a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament where you now hold a seat (if you are a group of four, TWO people need to work on this) - video can be pictures with audio narration or actual video with voiceover; you can also be SUPER creative, and use the green screen to put yourself in your virtual tour

**Each group member will submit their product individually to Canvas!**

Examples of London sites you can include:

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • British Museum
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Criterion Theatre
  • Savoy Theatre
  • Old Vic Theatre
  • National Portrait Gallery at Trafalgar Square

Day 1 → 1750-1800

As a moderately wealthy businessman living in London, you are always on the lookout for new economic opportunities. You notice there is a market for cotton textile clothing in India, the crown jewel of British colonies. Getting a loan from the Bank of England, you begin to buy up large quantities of cotton to spin into wool for clothes. You then “put out” your cotton to local tenant farmers who spin it into clothes for you with their families.

Entrepreneur key terms:

-Putting-out system


-joint-stock companies

Day 2 → 1800-1850

“Putting out” raw materials to farmers to work on in their own homes proves to be inefficient. Taking out another loan from the Bank of England, you purchase a large warehouse and a powerful water frame to create a textile mill. You then begin to hire newly landless tenant farmers from the countryside to work in your mill. You find that your new labor force is unaccustomed to rigid work schedules, so you create a list of restrictive rules and penalties docking pay for workers who violate them.

Factory owner key terms:

-Water frame

-power loom

-Richard Arkwright

Day 3 → 1850-1900

Your little textile mill has grown into a profitable factory enterprise over the past few decades, and has passed down in ownership from father to son. With the wealth your business has brought you, you now have the opportunity to move into the English peerage system, buying up land in the countryside and titles of nobility from Queen Victoria herself! Recent reforms undertaken by the British government have even enabled you to participate in elections and run for the House of Commons!

Bourgeoisie key terms:

-Great Exhibition of 1851

-Reform Act of 1832

-Factory Act of 1833

Day 4 - Programs to use

WeVideo Submission Instructions

Watch the brief tutorial below for how to submit a WeVideo movie to Canvas.

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