Undoubtedly, America has confronted many adversities throughout its history. Moreover, during the course of these challenges America prevailed, and ultimately formed a nation that has the ability to continuously adapt. There exists a myriad of examples that would support this claim; however, this essay will focus on four major events occurring between the 1860’s and 1920’s. The first event is how the American social status changed before and after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The second event is how the Civil War played a role in creating a need for Reconstruction, and how Reconstruction culminated in the Industrial Revolution.
In chapter 15, “Self-Help in Hard Times”, Zinn’s overarching point is that unity among workers was not simple to achieve, and that white supremacy was a powerful, deadly force after the war. To support and further discuss these concepts, Zinn points out how relations between the American Federation of Labor and the Industrial Workers of the World were often tense, how city life often changed drastically during times of strike, and how immigration laws during the twenties began to favor Anglo-Saxons. One such way Zinn showcases these ideas is by describing how drastically life changed for cities when workers went on strike, hoping for an increase in their wages. As the strike continued on throughout February of 1919, Zinn recalls how all services, except for those that were consider essential to daily life, ceased.
The aftermath of the Civil War caused drastic transformations among the American people between the years 1860 and 1880. Of these changes rose the issues of political and social relations within the nation. The issues of political and social relationships arose among several different groups of people, causing these relationships to drastically change. Through the transformations of public liberty, right of succession, and slavery, the Civil War and it's inevitable aftermath was able to alter the political and social relationships that had been instilled in the fabric of America before the times of 1860.
Andrew Jackson’s Speech to Congress on Indian Removal was given at a time of westward expansion, which was greatly influenced by the idea of Manifest destiny (Bentley 695). Manifest destiny also greatly influenced the national sentiment of the time, which can be found in Jackson’s speech. Jackson uses nationalist and colonialist rhetoric in this speech, particularly when he discusses his idea of progress. At the time of this speech, nationalism and colonialism greatly impacted both racial and economic policies in the United States, and the preceding Indian Removal Act of 1830 was also reflective of both the United States’ racial and economic policies, and greatly impacted the racial makeup and economy of the country for the rest of the nineteenth century and beyond.
B. Phony of The 1950s’ America After World War II America entered a new period that was marked by several significant events like the Cold War, Korean War, Civil Rights Movement. The decade following World War II was characterized by affluence in much of American society and it causes high levels of consumption and a boom in population. 1950’s America was the period of conservatism, conformism and wild consumerism.
Changes Sparked an Uprise Between World War I and World War II was a time known for flappers, Prohibition, and new inventions, and new ways to earn money. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby helps illustrate numerous unavoidable societal changes, such as the increased wealth gap between the upper and lower classes, new technological advances, and the passing of the Eighteenth Amendment. The Great Gatsby took place during the 1920s, The 1920s was a time of dramatic change, innovations, and political revolutions, all which sparked an uprise in society.
Roaring Twenties In America, the 1920’s was remembered as a decade of great social and political change. The prosperity of the twenties seemed to temporarily fix the nation’s problems, but by the end of this flourishing time period the nation hit an emotion of pessimism as a crash of the economy took place. The “Roaring Twenties” consisted of a change fashion, social and political life, the fight for and against prohibition, and the rise and collapse of the economy. There were also many influential people who helped shape the everyday lives of those now in urban areas.
In a time after World War I, in which the United States emerged as a world military and industrial leader, many of the citizens wanted to return to the government’s old policy of laissez-faire economics. This was a drastic change from the strong sense of nationalism that arose throughout the citizens of the United States during World War I, creating acts such as the Sedition Act of 1918, which made it a crime to criticize the government’s war policy. The decade of the 1920’s ended with the crash of the stock market which eventually led to the Great Depression, a worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930’s. It is in this context that America began to break away from its past and transform into a more modern era. While
The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution introduced a new period in American history most commonly known as Prohibition. It was the result of a nationwide temperance movement during the 1910s and ‘20s. The enactment of Prohibition led to a large increase of organized crime, the government lost millions of dollars, and there was corruption among government officials and police officers. The Anti-Saloon League (ASL) played a major role in the temperance movement against alcohol, starting late 1800s to early 1900s, with its establishment in 1893. The ASL consisted mostly of women, along with a few men.
The Civil War allowed the United States to make the changes necessary to unify the country. In addition, it began one of the most transitional periods in the United States’ history. This period, the Reconstruction, brought about many political, social, and economic changes, which were both beneficial and disagreeable. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Panic of 1873, and the formation of the Ku Klux Klan are just a few examples of heavily impacting events for the United States. During the Reconstruction period there were numerous political transformations in the country.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was written during a time of history in which civil rights activity was rampant. Lee does an amazing job of portraying racism as it was then, in the 1930s, and still, in ways, similar to the times of today; such as police violence, attacks on immigrants, increasing poverty levels, homelessness, and ISIS terrorism. America’s growth and development of civil liberties and rights transpired during the last half of the 20th century. At such a rapid pace that one could say the birth of a new nation came as a result of the many protests held during that time and the legislation passed. Lee set the story during the Great Depression, using a child as the narrator, Scout.
Throughout history many events have occurred to impact society as we know it today. Society is fickle and changes often to match the time period. During the period of the 1900s, New York experienced many changes that will establish the growing society today. The Brown Building is an example of a historical site that had an impact earlier in the American political system. Site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the Brown Building represents a site to the rise of women power in the country during the course of the 1900s.
Anyone can affirm that there were many events that occurred or time periods during US history that changed life as we know it. There have been wars, and each had its own effect on the citizens of the United States. On a smaller scale, there have been movements that have also changed America drastically. One of these movements, which is also one of the more recent ones of them all, was the Progressive Era (1890’s-1920’s). Some could argue that other times or events have been more influential, but the Progressive Movement is without a doubt the most significant.
First of all, one of the most diversity factor of the economic was the Stock Markets. During the 1920, the nation stock growth bringing an increased demand for American goods and speedy industrial growth. Things were looking good for the United States during the roaring twenties. The Stock Market crash of 1929, led to the ruin of many Americans and was followed by the great depression. The Great Depression witnessed the end of the economic boom in the 1920 's. crash of the stock market in 1929 causes a lot of damage to businesses and other.