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Activity 1 - Cause and Result Relationships

Your job as a historian is to show how factories, food-processing industries, and railroads were connected to each other through cause and result relationships.

Rath Packing Company Employees in 1894


  1. Explore the following resources related to the development of Waterloo.

    As you read, look for the cause and result relationships between events. How did one event lead to another?

  2. Complete a fishbone diagram illustrating how events were connected.

Fishbone diagram example

  1. Start with the end in mind by identifying a result.
    Below are some examples of results you may want to use in your fishbone diagram.
    • Where Indian groups once lived, large numbers of pioneers now came to settle in Iowa.
    • Products of all kinds were shipped around the state and to other states.
    • Many industries developed in Iowa after 1870.
    • By 1870, all of the major Iowa cities along the Mississippi River had meat packing plants.
  2. Next, determine what caused the result.
  3. List one or two details for each cause.
  4. Share your final chart with your classmates.


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