Price of Progress Mentor Manual


This is a 12-week, one semester class that meets once a week for 2 hour classes. It is designed to familiarize students with the Industrial Revolution of the 1800’s, as well as the events surrounding the Civil War and Reconstruction. This class is recommended for ages 12-18 years. 

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The 1800’s and the turn of the century saw big changes take place in society and in technological advances. This class focuses on the era of the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War. It includes a study of the tensions and events related to slavery and race relations that occurred during this time. 

Students will: 

  • learn about the Underground Railroad and the war which brought the most American deaths in battle. 
  • be inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others.
  • learn about the inventions that transformed the world.
  • enjoy the fun and wonder of experiencing different innovations through hands-on activities.
  • explore the ways that the Industrial Revolution made the Civil War different from all of those fought before. 
  • learn how the Civil War affected the Industrial Revolution and the inventions of the time.
  • consider how the world would be different today without the creativity and forward-thinking of the men and women behind these breakthroughs.

Participants will connect with the people who lived through these times in ways that will impact how they see the world around them. Teachers and students will explore all of this and more through book discussions, class discussions, simulations, document studies, and other activities. This practice scholar class is a 12-week, one-semester class that will meet once a week for 2 hours. It is recommended for students ages 12 and up. 

Books for this class include: 

  • Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens by Oliver DeMille and Shannon Brooks
  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • A Civil War biography of Mentor’s Choice


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