Week 1-Discussion 2

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Week 1-Discussion 2 There were so many revolutionary social and economic developments of the last quarter of the 19 th century. There were major advances in so many areas such as advancements in steel, agricultural practices, and the gold and silver mining movement. The use of steel as a building material made it possible for the skyscrapers that started to pop up during this time period. In the 1870’s, 77,000 tons of steel were produced every year in the United States and that jumped to 11.4 million tons by the 1900’s (Jones & Hawksworth, 2001). One man Andrew Carnegie became the most prominent steel baron at the time. He was able to sell his business for 480 million dollars in 1901 which is the equivalent of 310 billion dollars today. This time period focused on the industrialization of America and the use of its resources at an alarming rate. The government was of course in the middle of this new era and politics became even more of a battle ground. Political realignments caused even more social distress for varying groups in society
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