It is shown how the economic status gives different power to people. Corruption in the late 1800’s was about the big guy against the small guy; the people who had money had all the power above the immigrants and the lower class. Sinclair used these different arguments to persuade people to turn into socialism, showing the dark side of the government at the time of the Gilded Age. The bad working conditions, the absence of sanitation and the corruption made difficult for people to succeed in life, taking away their rights and opportunities making a real hardship for the working class to make a
While capitalism is seen as an evil, it must not be seen as an evil but rather the love for capitalism is the thing that must be eliminated for it is the true evil. It is just that capitalism was merely used by the few as an instrument for their own goodness at the expense of the many which is not for the goodness of all. What we see in the movie is the outcome of having an affair with capitalism which led to a worst impact to the people affected. Capitalism: A Love story is documentary film which scrutinizes the effects of capitalism in the lives of Americans, and features different portraits of scenarios which criticizes capitalism as an evil system that consist of giving and taking but mostly taking.
Hooverville Who were the victims of Hooverville? Well I’ll tell you that all over the United States, people had suffered from the government actions. Banks failed the people becauase of the choices they had to decide for what they thought was for the best. Hooverville was a shantytown built by the people who had lost their homes, and their jobs.
Another myth surmised by many during the “Gilded Age” was that America embraced an egalitarian society. Yet, what newcomers witnessed was most certainly the opposite. Those who were not American citizens and/or born into wealth did not experience a comfortable lifestyle. For example, Thomas O’Donnell, a textile worker, experienced the agonizing truth of the ever present inequality and the predisposition to poverty in American society. As he stated in a testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee, “I went to work when I was young...
The spoil system was a big issue of corruption in the guilded age. It often hold a battle between the two political parties. Hayes stopped this spoil system. He hired qualified government officials and fired the useless ones, he didn’t care from what party they were, he only cared for the government working properly. During the guilded age immigration played a big role in the improvement of the United States.
“Capitalism, a system of taking and giving – mostly taking” This is how the capitalistic system is portrayed in Michael Moore’s 2009 documentary, “Capitalism: A love story” where corruption is the new norm and the rich are more materialistic and profit driven than ever. Michael Moor’s attitudes towards capitalism are much alike those towards big corporations, like the one his father used to work in, as they will do anything in order to maximise profits and increase their equity at any cost. Moore talks about how there is no longer a middle class, only the lowest of the low who are forced into debt by the banks and are humiliated by them with no self-remorse or compassion and those who have it all, the money and power to do whatever they want
There was also an enormous influx of European immigrants due to the wage difference in America. The success of the Gilded Age was mainly due to the wealthy upper class citizens. Many new businesses and corporations benefited the richer population
Michael Moore once said, “Capitalism is an organized system to guarantee that greed becomes the primary force of our economic system and allows the few at the top to get very wealthy and has the rest of us riding around thinking we can be that way too - if we just work hard enough.” Had Horatio Alger met Michael Moore, he would have agreed with his sentiments about greed being a dangerous force in a capitalist society. He also would have supported the fact that Americans are hard working, but Alger, in his book Ragged Dick, paints a more optimistic view of the “respectable core” of hard working magnanimous people who made his 1860’s society work. In Alger’s depiction, holding on to respectability and disavowing greed, in addition to hard
Throughout Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” it is evident that his stance on wealth is firm. He believes that “the rich man…is always sold to the institution which makes him rich” (Thoreau 9). The rich are said to be the ones less likely to practice civil disobedience because they have conformed to the government, prospering under it. On the other hand, Thoreau is not entirely hateful towards the wealthy. He explains that “the best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor” (Thoreau 10).
During the late 19th century, there was a growth in industrialization. This brought new opportunities for the poor and the rich. For example, Carnegie helped build the steel industry in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, which made him one of the richest man in the world. As Carnegie gained more wealth, he questioned who money should be given to. Carnegie was both a Robber Baron and a Captain of Industry.
Dr. Anderson believes that the main cause for so much illegal immigration is economic. The United States has a capitalist economy. It needs, and thrives off, the blue-collar league. Many Americans don’t want to do those jobs that the immigrants will do. Therefore, those from other countries come over and are hired to do them.
Robber Baron became a term to describe Businessmen who did similar things like Baron. In the Gilded Age some businessmen had a vision and invested time and money to let grow with the economy such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, many businessmen donated to gifts to organizations such as schools, churches, and hospitals, businessmen such as Vanderbilt and people who practiced similar ways of entrepreneurship and donated
In John Steinbeck’s movie and novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” he presented the ecological, sociological, and economic disaster that the United States suffered during the 1930s. The movie is set during the Great Depression, “Dust Bowl,” and it focuses on the Joad’s family. It is a poor family of farmers who resides in Oklahoma, a home fulfilled by scarcity, economic hardship, agricultural changes, and job losses. Unexpectedly, affected by their hopeless situation, as well as they are trapped in an ecological madness, the Joad’s decided to move out to California; Beside with other people whom were affected by the same conditions, those seeking for jobs, land, a better life, and dignity.
“RIP, The Middle Class: 1946-2013” by Edward McClelland is a heated piece on America’s past and current events happening regarding the middle class on how it has influenced our country as it sits today. There are many fallacies detected intended to affect people and what they do, but the question stands is if they accomplished this? The writer of this piece is trying to get across the value of the middle class and how it is not okay for “them to be one of the losers” (McClelland, 989). From the 1940’s to the 1970’s life was easier regarding school and jobs as states McCelland, “I grew up in an automaking town in the 1970’s, when it was still possible for a high school graduate-or even a high school dropout- to get a job on an assembly line and earn more money than a high school teacher”(979). He has experienced this life first hand which would lead him to have a biased opinion on the
This screenplay was written about a miner strike at the New Mexico zinc mine and the struggles that the workers and women faced as they fought for dignity and equality. React: If you wanted to get yourself in trouble with the government in the 1950’s. All you needed to do was compose a screenplay to recount the genuine story of the 1951 miner’s strike in Bayard, New Mexico. I bet that you could wager your bottom union dollar that the United States government did whatever it could in its never ending abuse of power to make sure the cinematic message would never see the general populations’ light of day.