In chapter 10 Howard Zinn talks about the civil war, the disadvantages and advantages between the poor and rich. The poor have always been the bait in America, due to the lack of money and power. When war is in progress, most of the time the poor are demanded to go to war because the wealthy groups have the money and power to escape from death. “ To give people a choice between two different parties and allow them, in a period of rebellion, to choose the slightly more democratic one was an ingenious mode of control. Like so much in the American system, it was not devilishly contrived by some master plotters; it developed naturally out of the needs of the situation”( Zinn, 200).
Business owners made lots of money from the railroads because they were able to transport goods farther and faster with ease. Although the railroads tremendously impacted businesses and therefore the economy, the native americans were negatively impacted because the railroads were being laid on “their” land. This caused distrust between the settlers and the natives because of the “disrespect” for the land. Because of the new ways of transportation, the industrial revolution took place causing skilled artisans to be replaced by unskilled workers that used large complex machines. The
Trusts, or large monopolies, were corporations that combined and lowered their prices to drive competitors out of the business. This infuriated many americans at that time because it allowed such a small number of people to become wealthy, or even successful at all. When Theodore Roosevelt became president, he sympathized with workers unlike most of the presidents in the past who usually tried to help the corporations. As illustrated in Document A, Roosevelt wanted to hunt down the bad trusts ad put a leash on the good ones in order to regulate them. However, it only had a limited effect because the government was unable to control the activity of banks and railroads which were two of the most powerful industries in the world.
The business owners had more power than the politicians. Railroads were a hung impact on the United States, it provided faster mobility and hundreds of jobs. In the Gilded Age was when everything went corrupt. The business people were paying off the people in the government to get favors from them. “Gilded” otherwise meant shiny on the outside but not so shiny on the out.
The Monetary Policy was issued to reduce the amount of money that was circulating in the America. As many farmers saw that money was hard to come by, and the government’s ongoing discussion to get rid of silver and paper bills and exchange it for gold, limiting the currency in America. A young man named William Jennings Bryan, believed strongly that ‘bimetallism’, or “free-silver” would bring the nation to prosperity, as he expressed during his “Cross of Gold” speech given on July 9th, 1896. He stated that “[people of the government] we ought to declare in favor of international bimetallism and thereby declare that the gold standard is wrong and that the principles of bimetallism are better.” It clearly showed his standpoint on the currency issue that was going on during that time, reassuring that certain actions will be taken to make gold the main currency of America. Many citizens found that the policy was an insurance to make the price of money rise.
Henry George’s was a critic of big business and since there we social problems he blames it on a few monopolists to grow wealthy as a result of rising land values. He proposed a single tax on land to replace taxes which would be returned to in addition to the people. If they propose this tax it would destroy monopolies, distribute wealth, and it would eliminate poverty. Robber barons are the reason why people were being driven into poverty (DOC 1). The result of this was how the Northern capitalists led the South away from agriculture and economic dependence, and how they used their wealth to further grow the American industry.
The model is supposed to bring renewed prosperity to the United States but it brought more inequality and stripped safety net programs that actually helped most Americans. This lack of assistance means that struggling people are struggling even more and they have less money to spend and to put back into the economy. Since the creation of the Better Business Climate model, government spending on food stamps, unemployment insurance, and other social programs has been cut as
The Gilded Age was a time of economic growth as well as social changes that took place in the United States. During this time there was a rapid growth in industrialization, urbanization, and a rise of big businesses. However the Progressive Reformers didn't like the way things were going. During the Gilded Age we had several presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and Rutherford B. Hayes that were very well unliked by Americans. A lot of Americans didn't want to come to terms with politicians whom they felt would ruin the peace that was created after the Civil War.
These people wanted changes of the way factories run. They faced opposition from other mill owners who knew that reforms would cost them money and give workers more rights. The reformers successfully forced changes to the way workers was treated. They are now called Factory Acts. The factory act changes in time and increased the rights of men, women and children
I discussed how neoliberalism caused a loss of the state revenue, how it weakened the regulation of labor, how it caused the discharging of employees and the decrease in wages. Another of neoliberalism negative effect is the increase of the price food products, oil, and fuel and other essential products. I also discussed peoples’ opinion regarding this issue and explained why I oppose their opinions. I gave evidence why I think my opinion is right. The world started changing when neoliberalism was adopted.
During the period of 1870 to 1900 large corporations, such as the railway company, grew significantly in size, number, and influence. The cause of this was the need for a new way of transportation, the demand was great so the railways expanded all over the United States so that they could meet these demands. These large corporations affected the economy by making it easier to pay for everyday chores, politics in the way that it gave politicians too much power but in doing so gave normal limited power. The corporations had great power and influence which made them a huge impact to society. The economy was consistent in the United States during the 1870’s but as the years went on large businesses were able to lower the cost of food prices, fuel and lighting
Many political machines used this to be elected into government. They would find jobs and places to stay for immigrants, in exchange they would have to vote the political machines into government. After political machines got into government he than would put his friends into office. This made the the government corrupt because the people in office did not do their jobs. Another kind of corruption was people with monopoly would pay the government so they could do want they want or keep monopolizing.
The Citizens United Ruling made by Supreme Court in 2010 only made the issue of money ruling the elections worse. Its main effects, stated in the video, “paved the way” for big corporations or unions to spend as much money as they feel necessary in elections and the political process. They can utilize this rule through advertisements, messages, and many different ways of communication to potential and up and coming voters. It changed the way campaigns were carried out by not only putting a bigger emphasis on the political spending from candidates and outside organizations, but also in a sense demerits the aspect of democracy, with having the amount money spent on a campaign be noticed more than the voices of the people. Voting does not really represent the country, but rather, represents the rich and powerful of the country.
Alexander II made changes in the Russian government in order to get the country in a more stable economic situation. The negative side for those changes was that the working class were the only caught on the process. The amount of time for the peasants and high amount of money for the debt was unfair for them. The upper class were unhappy for those changes because they were greedy in the way of thinking.
Transportation- A big portion of railroads and industrial supplies were destroyed over the course of the war. The south had begun rebuilding transportation by the nineteenth century. West: Political- Because of the trouble between white settlers and immigrants at that time there were numerous outbreaks of violence and laws aimed towards discrimination. Social- Chinese immigrants who migrated to the west would work for wages considerably less than normal and them doing so caused tension between white settlers. Economic or type of economy- The west relied more on agriculture than any other place because it was the most efficient.