Post Civil War Turning Point Analysis

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One of the major turning points in America’s history after the civil war was the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The president’s death changed the course of a country that was trying to rebuild itself after the war. During the Reconstruction in Lincoln’s time he ordered amnesty and that the south should be rebuilt, he also planned to end the hatred of the many black people that were now free. Lincoln planned to pardon any southerner who would swear allegiance to the Union and the United States Constitution. Within this plan he wanted to let the Confederate states back into the Legislature. In the end due to his death the entire Reconstruction and the civil rights movement were set back. After his death Andrew Johnson was…show more content…
In May of 1869 the two major railroads of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific met in Utah. Due to this meeting it now meant that the railroads ran from coast to coast. Because of the fact that now the railways ran from one side of the country to the other it changed the face of the west as well as the United States as a whole, because it meant that places that were hard to reach before could now ship goods and produce in and out, cattle could be shipped by train instead of being driven across country, which took a long time, and people could travel faster and more easily from one place to another. The railroads lead to the industrial revolution by allowing heavy shipments of steel to be moved along the railways to other places in the country and thus allowed the building of factories and industrial…show more content…
It made it more apparent that heavy industries, factories and coal mining were becoming more and more important. As stated above the railroads made the trade of goods, coal and steel easier which lead to the growth of steel production as well as the growth of large corporations in the oil, sugar and meat industries. With the arrival of new machine driven factories, the need for skilled workers was dramatically reduce, creating more opportunities for unskilled workers. These laborors were hired to clear lands, build and repair tracks and build the trains needed to supply the new demands. With the promise of learning a trade and becoming more wealthy a new class of people was appearing in the cities, the middle class. With the change in the economics of the cities, more and more people moved into the cities to begin jobs in the factories, which was also made easier by the new railroads. People flocked to the more urban areas in order to find easier jobs and to make more money than they had been by farming. The better easier life seemed to be withine the grasps of those who wanted to make a living and raise their families with the raise of the industrial

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