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Mark Bennetti Life in America in 1900 was similar in many ways as life is today in America. The social, cultural, and economic aspects of life have changed but not as significantly as one may think. People have to try and earn a living on there own, just like around 1900. This is why I believe the Turner’s Thesis to be correct. The economy of America in 1900 was booming. Ever since the gold rush in 1849, many people, including immigrants headed to the west to start a new life. An advantage many of these people had was that there were many opportunities out west. The demand for many services was very high because of the increased population. Douglass C. North, an economic historian, had this to say about the westward expansion, “most people moved West in good times…in periods of rising prices, of expanding demand, when the prospects for making money from this new land looked brightest; and this aspect characterized the whole pattern of settlement (Divine 445).” The lumber industry took off, along with demands for livestock and agricultural products. Traveling west varied by each family. Some families took the Overland trail by wagon and other families who generally had more money took the newly built railroads. Many trails that
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