Industrialization effected the economic development of the United States in Numerous ways. For example, according to document 1a from 1860 to 1910 the value of manufactured products increased from $1.9 billion to $20.8 billion. That’s a 10 times increase in products made meaning more products were sold making the economy stronger. During
Thesis : After the Civil War, America was in a post-war boom. During the 1870-1890, big business moguls, such as Rockefeller and Carnegie, create huge corporations which not only affected the economy, but also affected the political realm of America. While many may assume that during the rise of these big business helped to change the economy and politics, the real focus was on the responses formed by society, such as labor unions, increase public outcry, and political opposition groups that helped to change society.
In a time when industrialization was booming, immigrants were racing towards the “American Dream”, and cities were growing towards the sky, the United States was thriving. As a country, the United States went from rural, to mostly urban, which made America “the world’s largest industrial power” as stated by John Green. Since the U.S. had become mostly urban, this left the very few rural workers (farmers), and even some of the industrial workers unhappy. This period of industrialization is called the Gilded Age than spans from 1865 to 1900.The farmers and industrial workers responded to the Gilded Age in significantly negative ways including unions against their authority, strikes and political
During the 19th century, America promised land and opportunities for all. Though some groups of individuals left their homes willingly in order to take advantage of what America had to offer, others were forced to flee due to inhabitable conditions in their homelands. Both Chinese and Irish immigrants, however, were often disappointed with their treatment upon arrival in America. The Anglo-Saxons that first inhabited America viewed immigrants as uncivilized and quickly declared their superiority, forcing immigrants to work for them. They created laws that prevented groups from accessing similar privileges as them and racialized these groups based on their cultures and languages. In his book A Different Mirror, Ronald Takaki explains how racial
The time period from when the Second Industrial Revolution was beginning, up until President McKinley’s assassination in 1901, is known as the Gilded Age. After the Civil War, many people headed out West to pursue agriculture, and many immigrants moved to urban areas to acquire jobs in industrial factories. It is in this context that farmers and industrial workers had to respond to industrialization. Two significant ways farmers and industrial workers responded to industrialization in the Gilded Age, were creating the Populist Party and the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
The combination of the government’s post-Civil War conservative laissez-faire economic policy and its aid to the industry, such as the land grants to the railroad companies and infusion of capital and favorable tax, brought industrial boom and the creation of big corporations at the last third of the 19th century. The big corporations used unfair practices to monopolize the industry and maximize their profits. These practices included “pooling”, the agreement to divide territory and share earnings between companies, favorable “rebates” offered by the railroads to large shippers yet charging small shippers such as farmers, and frequent “kickback” bribes to government officials. As a result there was an increasing disparity between the rich and
During the early twentieth century, the United States underwent a great amount of growth and expansion as a result of the ongoing Industrial Revolution. Throughout the Industrial Revolution, the United States experienced a shift from being a largely agrarian society to being an industrial one. Mass production in factories, as opposed to goods being mainly produced by individuals, became the norm, and this greatly transformed the lives of working-class Americans. Cities became places of high job availability and opportunity, and as a result, many Americans moved from their farms to the cities to find work in one of the many factories. In addition to that, many workers emigrated from European countries in order to find work in American factories.
Over time, the United States of America has experienced many national transformations and hardships that have led to the cultivation of a more modern society. From the mid nineteenth century through the early twentieth, the United States of America underwent a period of modern development and expansion that was entirely unprecedented. This pattern of growth and change has drastically altered the cultural landscape of this country, and even though a hundred years is not an extremely large portion of America’s timeline, within this century the United States of America came to dominate its modern hemisphere in a way that can still be observed to this day. The period 1830 through 1920 within the United States of America was a period of tremendous
In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century America, The West, Industrial and Financial growth, Immigration, and Technological Innovation all took part in the society change in America. The change that resulted from these four things was that the American society would begin as a rural agricultural society and then would transform into an industrial metropolitan society. Major issues like the wipe out of bison in the West, American Indians being confined to reservations, the American Civil War, the capacity of the American Industry, bankers allowing businessmen large amounts of money to expand operations, and many other events and actions would lead to a more industrialized American society.
U.S. development gave more chances to numerous individuals who wanted to make a difference in their lives. Many groups across the world traveled to America, and helped build up what many people in the U.S. see today. Two certain groups that will be discussed all through this paper are individuals from Mexico and the Scotch-Irish. Each of the inspiring groups has motives to leave their country for changes that could affect how they live forever. Different points will also be talked about between the two incoming immigrant states as they experience many obstacles coming and being in America.
Industrialization came to America not long after the Civil War. From the industry being only a third of Britain’s industrial output to becoming the most industrialized and the richest nation on earth. The entire history to this is amazing, after all, who would have thought this would be the outcome of the Civil War.
Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle, depicts the struggles of Lithuanian immigrants as they worked and lived in Chicago’s Packingtown at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. The United States experienced an enormous social and political transformation; furthermore, the economy, factories, and transportation industry grew faster than anyone had ever seen. Immigrants and migrants were attracted to city life for its promise of employment and their chance at the American Dream. The poor working class had little to no rights, and they grappled with unfair business practices, unsafe working conditions, racism, Social Darwinism, class segregation, xenophobia, political corruption, strikes, starvation, poor housing,
The nineteenth and twentieth centuries were a very important time in the history of the United States. Millions of people immigrated from all over the world. Europeans, Mexicans, Africans, Asians and so many more people came to America looking for jobs and the start of a new life. Some of these people succeeded in this, however, many did not. There was an abundance of prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes given to these immigrants. People found themselves in violent situations and worse living conditions than they originally left. In Becoming White: Irish Immigration in the Nineteenth Century by David Gerber and Alan Kraut, in America, immigrants were largely seen as outsiders who were unable to assimilate and integrate into the culture
As a nation built on immigration, the history of citizenship in America can be seen as a series of immigration waves from different ethnic groups, and their initial struggles in the United States, resulting in eventual assimilation into American society. Each immigrant group, whether the English, Irish, Italians, Germans, Vietnamese, etc., began life in their new nation on the bottom of the social ladder, but eventually mostly overcame the hardships of immigrant life en route to assimilation. German immigration to America peaked during the Civil War era, in which approximately 1.5 million Germans came to the United States between 1840 and 1860, making them the most prolific ethnic group to immigrate to America during this time. This paper will