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Unit 2: Those Inventive Americans!

Summative activities:

  1. The inventors discussed in this unit made contributions to the areas of communication, transportation, agriculture, weaponry, medicine, manufacturing, and domestic conveniences. Which of these areas do you think will see the most advances in the twenty-first century? Which of these areas do you think needs the most development? Explain your answers.
    [Standard 3—historical analysis and interpretation]

  2. All of the figures represented in the painting Men of Progress are white men. Research women and minority inventors, and write a report on one person in particular who interests you.
    [Standard 4—historical research capabilities]