The American dream is a dream that America is the land of freedom and economic opportunity for all. Yet, America does not provide the American Dream to the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses all because the poor never get the same opportunity, nor reward, or rest. The poor service the rich, well rested, and greedy who excel in success of business, in order to survive. The poor are simply not aided enough about by the United States government. In the documented story, “Ellis Island: New York Harbor”, when it can be inferred that the immigrants are suddenly facing reality as they arrive and gain right of passage from the island to follow what they believe is the American Dream.
All of this changed with the coming of machine production. A skilled worker was no longer needed to manufacture a product.” Instead of getting another laborer they could be taught easily to use machinery, if this person decided to resign they could be easily replaced due to the surplus of immigrants looking for jobs. The Gilded Age was known as the Industrial era for the use of factory systems, and the new inventions of machinery that replaced the need for as much human labor. As a result of this, America in the last decades of the nineteenth century was controlled by labor unrest and incurious workers who are losing their jobs and violent strikes. An example of this was The Great Railroad Strike of 1877.
With little trade, people made and grew what they needed causing them to become more self-sufficient. In America the Transportation Revolution had a massive effect on the country. A commercial economy was in much of the US. Transportation revolution but mostly in the North. It increased purchases of goods which were produced in many factories and workshops bringing up the market revolution.
Serfs were no longer tied to their previous plot of land. Due to a severe labor shortage, serf survivors were able to demand higher wages and better working conditions from their new landlords. This may have contributed to the rise of capitalism. Many serfs moved to cities and contributed to the rise in urbanization and industrialization. (Cultural) Medieval society did not know what caused the plague or how it spread.
Starting with Britain leading the industrial revolution, other countries rapidly followed. Many cities were unable to handle the rapid urbanization, slums increased along with the crime rate. Industrialization transformed the family from being the chief unit of both production and consumption. Jobs for men slowly became less available but paid enough to support a family however women’s jobs were plentiful but underpaid. Child labor laws or lack thereof improved working conditions but separated them from their families.
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
The 1920s are often remembered as the roaring twenties, but for many Americans this could not be farther from the truth. While affluent Americans drove the new Ford Model T, listened to jazz, and enjoyed their lives in newly industrialized cities, farmers suffered immensely. Although the majority of urban Americans were well off, the 1920s cannot be characterized as an age of prosperity because those in rural areas did not prosper and instead experienced a deep agricultural depression. The growth of industry was apparent in major cities where people could afford to buy consumer goods with disposable income, but families on farms had a much lower standard of living. This wealth disparity was mainly due to the fact that farmers had no control
Irish immigrants, who were needed to build new transportation methods, soon began to labor for cheap prices and were favored over American laborers. This led to unmonitored working conditions, as those financing these projects had no one interested in how they were treating their workers. The Irish laborers were an important precedent in immigrant labor for the future. The Revolution brought a widening gap between the rich and the poor, since the rich could afford to build transportation systems that earned them more money, and the poor had available jobs taken by immigrants resulting in their immobility. In Boston, the top 4% of the population owned over 65% of the wealth, and the top 1% of the population owned over 50% in Philadelphia showing an increase in the difference of social classes.
It was 1930 around the time of the Great Depression. People didn't have food, lost their jobs, and didn't have much money thus leading to large amounts of migrant workers. As you can imagine, this desperately led people for hopes of a better life. People dreamed to have a place of their own, among them was Lennie and George. Lennie and George were migrant workers that traveled together from place to place trying to get a job in desire that soon enough they would have money and be able to afford their own piece of land.
The society nowadays consists of different jobs and people from different areas, but they were not like that in the late 1800s. Most Americans lived on farms. When things started changing for farmers from what they were growing to how they borrowed money due to the radical policies, consequences were brought to the farmers as the radical politics started changing farmer’s life. One of the consequences is that the farmers are no longer dependent on themselves. In earlier times, farmers grew their own food, made their own tools, and were generally self-sufficient.