Document 3, shows an image of the senate in which the monopolies have complete control, and the people are neglected. This is due to the fact that Senators aren’t directly elected by the people, and therefore can be controlled by trusts. Due to the corruption of the government, the Populist Party formed. Otherwise known as the People’s Party, it was dedicated to political and social reform, as well as making the government responsible to the people. Document 5 describes the goals of the Populist Party; “We seek to restore the government of the Republic to the hands of “the plain people,” with which class it originated…” The
The amount of wealth amassed by the top 1% of the population began to unnerve the American public and politicians alike. The rich got richer while the rest remained stagnant or became poorer. Labor strikes and riots were common during the time. Policies were put into place to prevent individuals from gaining this much power ever again. In todays’ modern Gilded Age loopholes have been exploited and the rich are becoming just as powerful as they have ever been.
The big business owners did not want the government to regulate their factories, and due to their money, they were able to keep the government from passing labor laws for a time. Because the government did not establish labor laws, big businesses were able to give many people jobs. The jobs were difficult and often in extremely unfavorable environments, but they allowed the people to work when they otherwise would have been unemployed. The Gilded Age 's scientific improvements created jobs that allowed people work even if they had no skills; the jobs were such that each person stood in a single place in the factory and did a single task. They then passed their work to the next person, who also completed a single task before passing the good onto the next person.
Big businesses, such as oil and railroad companies owned by John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, tended to dominate politics. Even businesses on smaller scales did very little to provide security for workers, which fueled the desire for reforms even more. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 was a catastrophic event that proved a change was desperately needed, but when the owners were sentenced and merely fined, it only seemed to, once again, prove that the courts did not side with the victims. In response, more and more people, such as Rose Schneiderman, began to attempt to organize unions because of the lack of support from the government. Although the government did make attempts to stop monopolies and trusts, such as the Sherman Antitrust Act, the attempts were not strong enough to make any progress.
When financial powers of the United States do not act in the best interests of their country, I find it difficult to believe that America has a future. Second, financial moguls of America have a great impact on the American political system. Therefore, ordinary citizens have to play by their rules and have little or no chances to change the situation in favor of a middle and working class. Third, it seems that many of the most powerful American politicians are greedy and deceitful individuals who manipulate voters in their private interests. The documentary “ReGeneration” (Engine 7 Films, 2010) presented following interesting and alarming information.
Nevertheless, Zinn and the Pageant disagreed about the effectiveness of government legislation. Zinn believed that the government legislation was unsuccessful; however, the Pageant argued that the legislation, though somewhat ineffective, was a good attempt to curb big businesses’ corruption. According to Zinn, the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 was intended to supervise the railroads; nonetheless, the act was only used to satisfy the public’s support for government regulation of railroads, but it never actually accomplished anything. It only made railroads more popular because the citizens believed that it was more regulated, when in reality, it was not. Moreover, another government legislation, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, was supposed to protect trade and commerce and make monopolies illegal.
It can be argued that the economic achievements of the Gilded Age looked different from the eyes of a shop floor worker, compared to the eyes of a corner office business owner. Thomas O’Donnell, a textile worker, gives a testimony before the U.S.Senate about the hardships workers during the Gilded Age go through. Factory workers knew that profits meant low wages, long hours, and frequent unemployment, while their employer would attain large sums of money and power. Thoma O’Donnell explains to Senator Blair that wage workers only had jobs as they were hired and how workers were often fired and then replaced by machines of other workers that could do the labor cheaper. O’Donnell goes on to explain to Senator Blair that men with boys were often hired first because the man’s son could act as a “back-boy” and only be paid $.30 to $.40 a day.
Businesses gain leverage over the labor force, and the labor force has control over the politicians (partially), and politicians have power over the business and the taxes they pay, but in the end industry reigns. If an industry dislikes the way that a government's policy is, they can simply move to a different place, putting a significant dent in the local economy. His main point of his research is that essentially, the ‘growth machine’ only truly benefits a small margin of the population, typically the 1% or the very wealthy. Others, such as the working class, are left to fluctuate at the mercy of the
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for
Since these are dependent on the government for taking important policy decisions As many of the government companies take the support of civil servants, they cannot exercise better for the efficiency of the organization because they are not technical persons. Nearly every one of the government companies experience softness in management under the take hold of of public services. These are not treated as efficient as private units because of this state of relationships found. Government departments Departments are under control of any politician in charge or by any higher authorities. Each department are in charge for the money spent on the growth of the nation.