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9. How did the industrial transformations after the civil war compare with the earlier phase of America economic development? Why were the economic developments of 1865-1900 often seen as a threat to American democracy, where as those of 1815-1860 were not? 1865-1900 was often seen as a threat to American democracy because many corporations were monopolizing. Also the government was not strict on enforcing regulations in factories and factory owners were becoming filthy rich. It became a dog eat dog society. Many good outcomes did come out in a new aristocracy; these were now men who were able to profit from their participation in the funding and building of the railways. Immigrants who came to America started to work in factories for low wages. There was many new technological advancements which helped women obtain jobs. During 1865-1900 many immigrants came to America to build their way up but were held down by big corporations. 1815-1860 was not as much as a threat to the democracy because there was no major competition; people were still exploring the west, and were only beginning many big projects for the future. Also during 1815-1860 people were more concerned with all the new immigrants and was still very agricultural. The rail road industry was only a baby during the 1815-1860. That is why there was a lesser threat to democracy during 1815-1860 than 1865-1900 because the economy was not booming and America was still settling into new farming technology. 10. What strains did the new industrialization bring to the American ideal of democracy and equality? Was the growth of huge corporations and great fortunes a successful realization of American principles or a threat to them? The new industrialization created many strains on the ideal of democracy because many people lost their human rights. People were working on very low wages and were played off each other to just become ruthless workers in assembly lines. Equality was lost between the rich and poor. The rich made all the decisions which deciphered many lives of the workers which were usually for worse. The equality of women to men was still struggling; women were being paid lower wages and worked just as hard. Children were put to work, which outraged the socialist reforms. The growth of the huge corporations and great fortunes were incredibly
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successful with industrializing a new America but created a threat to its own citizens. Many families lived in fear of becoming unemployed. Workers had no stability and the government wasn’t quick enough to enforce rules and to regulate them towards workers in factories. The principles that America adopted were cruel, but at least there were many union labor groups, even though they were shot down many times, we still remember them today.
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