Industrialization After the Civil War Thesis Essay

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Industrialization After the Civil War Thesis Professor Peralta History 105 10/25/14 Industrialization after the Civil War had a profound effect in the U.S. that is still felt to this day. While there were many positives that came out of it, like the U.S. becoming the largest and wealthiest nation in the world, there were many negative aspects to society, economy and politics that harmed more people than it helped. Many different groups of people would not have their voices heard during this time and would be swept away out of sight for some time, all in the name of progress. Three major aspects that influenced the U.S were the rise of monopolies and industry giants, the expansion into the west and the building of railroads, and finally the rise of factories and the working conditions of those employed there. Five groups that were affected by industrialization were Native Americans, immigrants to the U.S., women, children and farmers. Due to expansion into the west, more and more Native American tribes were forced to move away from their ancestral lands and slowly had their culture wiped out (“The Industrial Revolution in America,” 2013). They also were attacked by the U.S. government if they refused to move out and were often times slaughtered (Ryan, 2012). Because of the need for labor during Industrialization, more immigrants than ever before came into the country, with some twenty-five million between 1870 and 1920 ("Civil War and Industrial Expansion, 1860–1897 (Overview)," 1999). They were forced to live in squalor, however, being discriminated against and paid the lowest wages possible, hardly enough to live by (“The Industrial Revolution in America,” 2013). Women’s lives during this time changed as well. One way is that their role as homemaker was removed for some time, as they also joined

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