non interference from the government. This meant that they believed people should be left to sort out their own problems. There was an attempt by Joseph Chamberlin to introduce Tariff Reforms in 1903, money from this would be used to help the poor but this was very unpopular and was part of the reason for the failure of the Conservative Party to win the 1906 election. In 1894 the universal franchise was introduced, allowing all men to vote, unless they were in prison, or a lunatic asylum. The new voters had different
The industry that drove this steam powered idea was the railroad company. Before this time the country was spread apart with no way of distributing goods in a manner that could adequately supply its customers. And since the railroad was a business in itself that needed workers it created many job openings as well as a market need for goods. This industrialized our nation and connected it to be the powerhouse it was in the 20th century. Were they beneficial for the consumer?
These other causes are all political social and economical factors which helped to free the serfs. And had the Tsar taken a more liberal view on his rule the emancipation may never have happened. Firstly there are many political causes for the emancipation of the serfs. The bankruptcy of nobles who were the tsar’s main supporters was, caused because of the inefficiency of using serfs to farm lands, which meant most nobles were losing money and by 1860 over 60% of serfs were mortgaged to the government meaning they were “unofficially” no longer tied to their land. This meant serfdom was already coming to its own natural end, and for Alexander II to support his nobles he had to emancipate the serfs so they could go start increasing their wealth and get out of debt.
For example, there were some upper class such as Alexander Cassatt, who was in charge of the Pennsylvania Railroad also supporters of regulation and political Reform. Second, the Populist movement was fighting for money while the Progressives were pursuing higher profit. People who made up primarily of poor farmers just want to have a common life with others; they found that movement did influence the economy and politics. Then the Populist Party started to fight for moral regeneration, political democracy, and anti-monopoly. In weekly reading, The Common People Are Being Robbed, Mary indicated that “The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors”, and so did the farmers.
Railroad expansion was relatively new during the gilded age. The railroad industry had a harsh start due to the fact that no profit was made and therefore made it highly risky to finish the railroad project. This caused many dilemmas because this made it hard to gather many investors and so the railroad companies request assistance from the government to help them complete the railroad system. (Doc H) The government saw that the railroads could help them establish the postal service, transport troops, and keep the westerners from being disconnected from the east and seceding. (Doc K) They
Legislators attacked union organizers; people who held the idea that working class existed, conflicts with the capitalists, and believed that the working class should challenge the power of capitalists. The attacks began due to increase in living standards; the working class was able to buy homes, cars, and make more money. Upward mobility seemed natural in this time period since the working class earned more and had similar living standards to the middle class and capitalist. Unions had different perspectives on “class talk”. The American Federation of Labor (AFL) did not have interest in working class and focused on the prosperity of the members.
One person Gompers did not want to associate with was the socialist leader Eugene Debs. In 1907, the AFL created strong links with the Democratic Party. However, many believed that the AFL was too moderate and did not support the unskilled workers. This led to the formation of the IWW. Most Americans feared socialism; they linked it to trade unions, mass immigration and anarchy.
Compassionate reasons where one of the underlying reasons many historians argue upon the realise of the report on poverty from booth and rowntree in their study of the English town York , a town not normally associated with extreme poverty they found 29% of the population were well below the poverty line. Another reason was the very real fear workers were discouraged by the poor conditions and governments and may later turn against the government and form mass strikes or in serious cases rebellion or join the communist groups within Britain. Political self interest was high on the liberal’s agenda many historians argue. The franchise was being extended to the average man slowly and the liberals realised the average man did not benefit much from the government’s approach to peoples life’s and with the rise of the labour party and other parties many historians argue that it was out of desire to be re-elected that the liberals slowly brought about this change in reform. They didn’t get a majority government in 1910 like they did in 1906 which led them to think that social reform was the way to gain votes.
Social class is not a topic that me or most United States citizens stop and think about daily, if ever. “The only conventional view of class in the United States: it doesn’t exist” (Zweig 1). Reading The Working Class Majority by Michael Zweig showed me that social class does exist and influences the lives of Americans everyday. Zweig defines classes as capitalist,ruling,middle, and working. When americans stop and think about class in the United States most would say that the middle class contains the majority of the population.
Democracy slowly disappears when decisions are carried out mostly by corporate and managerial elite- says Buchanan. Decisions are to the benefit of its people; elites can only control society up to a point. Even with this basic control over society, it is hard to send undocumented people back to their countries of origin when they have been living in that land for many generations; in other words, they have become Americans. Society is managed through several aspects whether corporate rule or through popular demand; it is impossible to solely blame elites for the rapid decay of American culture; society simply changes and so do its