Traveling from long, previously thought of as daunting places was made cheaper, quicker, and simple through railroads.There was a creation of a highly competitive shipping industry due to advancements of steam powered machines. The use of steamboats had increased. Europeans and Asians were now able to cross the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean to the United States of America because of the development of large, steam-powered ocean liners. Because immigrants are capable of moving to their new country in faster and larger numbers, the population quickly surged. Many people were promptly moving to the cities of the east and midwest.
With the rise of monopolies, small companies and farmers suffered immensely likewise wages were cutback which led to many strikes and boycotts throughout the nation. However, Monopolies also lowered prices for various goods. Wealth increased due to the rich investing it and expanding new markets, which opened new job opportunities for non-skilled and skilled workers alike. Many companies also made it their duty to improve the community by funding myriad
In turn, railroad companies spent large sums of money purchasing railroad supplies. The cycle of employing large numbers of workers, building the railroads, and spending large sums of money stimulated extraordinary growth in the economy. In addition, railroads caused the remarkable growth of nationwide marketing in America in the late 19th century. Railroads allowed mail-order
Corporate greedy and corrupt politicians were specific problems and injustices that were present in American life during the late 1800s and early 1900s however these were addressed during the progressive era with laws and regulations. Throughout the gilded era corrupt politicians and corporate greedy allowed the upper class and businessmen to take advantage of the working class. This means that a majority of the population were hurt during the gilded age whereas a small percentage benefitted. As seen in document 1, living conditions were crowded, dirty, and unsafe. This was caused by the lack of regulations and laws which allowed businessmen to get away with paying their employees unethically low wages without benefits.
The power of immigrant voters who were less concerned with political morality than with obtaining the services that machines provided, the link between the political organizations and wealthy, and the structural weakness of city governments were all factors that made boss rule possible. Invisible government, which is where power resides with confidential individuals who use their power behind the scenes not with publicly elected representatives, was created in cities due to boss rule and immigrants would vote for them only for the things they were promised in return, not necessarily because they liked them, according to Document 5. Incomes in the industrial era were rising for almost everyone especially “white collar” workers. Mass market grew because of affordable prices and new
Industrial growth brought many changes to the transportation systems in the last 19th century. The creation of transportation systems such as steamboats, canals, and railroads made it much easier to deliver, and receive goods and services in the late 19th century. The biggest development of these transportation systems was the railroad, which would become to be known as “America’s first truly big business”. Railroad systems were able to transport goods, and services much faster, and further than any other transportation systems, which led to a mass amount of goods and services being sold, which in turn led to businesses, and business owners making more profit on selling their goods, and eventually turning their businesses into
The Gilded Age. A point in history where industries took advantage of their workers and lied to the government about it. Men, women, and children alike were extremely undervalued. Whether it was low pay, long hours, or unsafe work environments people in this time were not being treated as they should have. In theory as years go by things will change.
When the natives began to realize that the immigrants were easily getting jobs because they were willing to work for much less, they became very angry because they didn’t want to lose their jobs and also because the immigrants didn’t know the English language. What they didn’t understand was that the factory workers would rather teach someone the job, pay them much less rather than pay someone more, and hire people that don’t speak Englsih. So, they tried to shut out the immigrants, until an immigrant himself Jacob Riis, published “How The Other Half Lives”. This book soon became the talk of the city because it showed what was really going on in the alleys and closed doors of the New York, the things that the upper class native’s didn’t realize. When they invented flash photography, Riis went around and took pictures of these immigrants and poor people living in their tenements, on top of garbage cans, in tight spaces, children playing in dirty clothes, and malnourished people everywhere.
With a slow economy and rising inflation, workers had intentions to share in the profits that were gained in the post war period. However, as the government and management resisted the unions’ demands, the workers’ anger grew, and the majority of them illegally walked off the job. Milligan believes that, as a result, these demonstrations not only influenced other Canadian workers to do the same, but also inspired workers in the United States to behave similarly. He
The progressive era started with a change people who didn’t like how things were going. They felt the rich got richer and the poor got poorer, and they set out to change it. Roosevelt taking down big business. People having more time for themselves so more entertainment such as sports, and music. The smaller people standing together in union fighting for the rights.