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lecture handout, hard times - END OF CENTURY • Gilded Age...

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LECTURE OUTLINE I. Introduction II. Populism: Hard times and farmers’ revolt III. Industrial War Urban Ills and economic woes labor unrest and radicalism IV. Racial, class, ethnic divisions Jim Crow South Nativism and anti-immigration V. Empire: The role of a giant industrial power in the world VI. Conclusion: End of the Century; End of an Era ISSUES BY 1990s Farmers Hard times and populist revolt Racial, class, ethnic divisions Jim Crow South Vast differences in wealth and poverty Nativism and anti-immigration Urban Ills Overcrowding, violence, disease, Industrial War Mass unemployment, depressions, and bankruptcies labor unrest and radicalism Empire The role of a giant industrial power in the world Women: Changing gender roles, status of women and family Environment pollution; rape of natural resources; Biting us today?
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Unformatted text preview: END OF CENTURY • Gilded Age, working class movement solidified, Rejected, protested excesses of individual wealth and Social Darwinism • But by end of century working class and agrarian movements suffered defeats (Homestead, Pullman, populism) • Plus economic recovery, mergers, expansion abroad consolidated power of huge corporations • So workers/farmers fragmented into isolated groups marked by racism and nativism, divided by gender, skill, ethnicity, etc. – Era left “permanent scars” Death of broad working class identity • Bottom line : at end of century neither government or popular movements threatened the dominance of corporate power. – Workers, African Americans, immigrants, women would have to wait their turn. (MJ: Struggle continues, no?)...
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