Contrary to what many may believe, the government is not what made America a superpower. America’s growth and prosperity began much like the nation did itself, with determined, innovative individuals brave enough to take a risk. Businesses are born out of a dream to achieve greatness, and greatness is not a bad thing. This lesson will not only raise the hopes and dreams of students but remind them of the importance of hard work and determination. Although the challenges of capitalism will be presented through some of the unjust business practices of the time, teachers will also present the benefits of having an economic system that gives incentive for hard work and which is essential in building a powerful nation. Relating history to present day brings it to life for students. In a world where new frontiers mean new business opportunities, students can learn how capitalism is still necessary for this growth.

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