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The History of Manufacturing

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View historic illustrations and photographs depicting what “manufacturing” looked like before the 19th Century, when everything was made by skilled individuals and artisans. Watch as the events unfold and the contributions to manufacturing by Eli Whitney, Henry Ford, and Kiichiro Toyoda are revealed. >
Extension Activities

During the 19th century, the United States industrialized rapidly. Using Lesson 2 in the Teacher’s Curriculum Guide, describe the rise of the factory system and mass production and have students compare these systems with prior methods of production as seen in the video. Student Activity #2 “Manufacturing Times” will give students a historical basis for understanding manufacturing today by reading the collection of newspaper articles ranging from 1793-1944. After reading the articles, ask students how factory work changed during the 1800’s, 1900’s, 1930’s, 1940’s. What is factory work like today? Ask students if they would consider working in a factory. Why or why not?

Alabama Course of Study

6th-8th Grades-Career Technologies-Career Discoveries #7 Identify types and levels of work common to careers in the technology area being studied. 6th-8th Grades-Career Technologies-Physical Technologies: Manufacturing Technologies #1 Identify basic concepts and processes associated with the manufacturing technology area being studied. #2 Describe applications of the manufacturing technology area being studied. #3 Demonstrate an application of a manufacturing technology process in the area being studied. 6th Grade Social Studies #9 Identify changes in the American home front during World War II. 7th Grade Citizenship #7 Describe the relationship between the consumer and the marketplace in the economy of the United States regarding scarcity, opportunity cost, trade-off decision making, characteristics of a market economy, and supply and demand. 9th&10th Grades- Career Technologies-Physical Technologies: Manufacturing Technologies #1 Explain the various production processes involved in the manufacturing technology area being studied. 12th Grade-Economics #4 Explain the impact of the labor market on the market economy of the United States

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  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
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  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting