altick ch. 1 - Almost like the American economical system...

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Nathan Ryalls Rhetoric 102.06 Altick pp. 14-16 The first chapter of Altick’s Victorian People and Ideas ends where the Victorian period ends, but most agree around the late 1880s. That was the year “when the Second Reform Bill doubled the electorate by enfranchising town workers” (Altick 14). The power of commoners and working class was rising with its power and the Victorians were going to be confronted with how to accommodate their wishes. Another problem facing the Victorian era was an agricultural depression beginning in 1873 and lasting through to the turn of the century. With machinery and imported goods becoming more sought after commodities, the large landowners were forced to forfeit their political power and lost the momentum that held together the middle Victorian Age. The political scale began tipping towards the workforce. Labor unions, which rose in political power during the 1870s, supported strikes against large industries beginning to dominate the British economy.
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Unformatted text preview: Almost like the American economical system today “the very rich were growing rich while the very poor were growing poorer even faster” (Altick 15). The system was skewed to allow the richer to continue growing in wealth and political status while the poorer classes began declining into further depressions. Queen Victoria assumed the name Empress of India in 1876. This role later caused political unrest in her home country. Social conflicts and changes were beginning to become more frequent. The church began to loose its authority and women’s rights were coming to the forefront, much like today within the gay community requesting the government recognize their marriages. The problems during the era were not solved within Victoria’s reign but passed down to the Edwardians to be disentangled. Altick, Richard. Victorian People and Ideas. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1973....
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