The Ocean Liner: A Floating City
Helen Taft: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Two or more class periods
Ocean liners were the equivalent to today’s supersonic passenger jets. They were huge, fast, and elegant beyond belief. And they were the only way to cross the ocean. For the wealthy, they were a confirmation of status; for the immigrant they symbolized hope. The great age of building these ocean liners coincided with the life of Nellie Taft.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Ocean_liners www.greatoceanliners.net http://uncommonjourneys.com/pages This site has excellent links. www.roblightbody.com/liners/ A superb site by someone whose family is connected to the Scottish shipyards. Links are numerous and excellent.
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.