Lecture 4 - Lecture 4 Key Points 1. The late 19th century...

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Lecture 4 Key Points 1. The late 19 th century was marked by an increased quest to expand the territory of the US westward across Mississippi River. 2. The West was viewed as a land of opportunity, where a man could recreate/reinvent himself. 3. Expansion into the Western “frontier” marked a major development in American identity. However, ideas about the possibilities of the western “frontier” served to displace many. The Rise of Big Business and Organized Labor -The ending of one frontier and the beginning of another? -New South Industrialization and increased settlement in the West- demand for more goods, more efficient forms of communication/transportation. -Inventors and entrepreneurs transformed American industry in the late 19 th Century. -The identity of the American worker changed significantly in response to the transformations in American industry with respect to technology, politics, and mass culture. -Mary and Charles Beard (1920s) “Twenty five years after the death of Lincoln, America had become in the quantity and value of her products, the first manufacturing nation of the world. What England had accomplished in a hundred years, the US had achieved in half the time.” -Why?
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