I am starting the 1920's next week and plan to use a series of images from the USPTO website showing filed patents between 1865-1930. I plan to hange these on the wall as a gallery walk activity to solicit students observations and reflections from the following questions.
How is technology changing in America?
What do the patent numbers and dates indicate about the pace of progress?
This will serve as a summary to the rapid and unrelenting industrialization and technilogical progress which occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 1920's reflect the final frenzy of progress before the halting collapse of industrial production associated with the Great Depression. Purpose will be both a review and preview activity.