10 IMMIGRATION Hated because they were willing to work for less Came here because of the potato famine (faced lots of discrimination because Catholic, stayed put where they landed because had no money to move interior); became vital to poltical machines in the cities especially Boston and NYCGermans came here because of crop failures and failures of democratic revolutions; had capital so moved to the interior; some ppl suspicious because lived together and tried to preserve their culture
15 “The Supreme Order of the Star-Spangled Banner” Know-Nothing Party:“The Supreme Order of the Star-Spangled Banner”American “nativists” feared 1840s & 1850s invasion of immigrantsTook jobs, grew Roman CatholicismCatholics built their own schools, were #1 denomination by 18501849: Nativists form Order of the Star-Spangled Banner, developed into “Know-Nothing” partyWanted immigration restrictionsNativists occasionally violent, burned Boston convent (1834)Philadelphia Irish fought back, 13 killed in several days of fighting (1844)
24 The “Iron Horse” Wins! (1830) 1830 13 miles of track built by Baltimore & Ohio RR By 1850 9000 mi. of RR track [1860 31,000 mi.]
25 The Railroad Revolution, 1850s Immigrant labor built the No. RRs.Slave labor built the So. RRs.Obstaclesopposition from canal backersdanger of firepoor brakesdifference in track gauge meant changing trainsAttraction of many large capital investments and encouraged risk taking in the US economyPeople moved faster and country expandedUnifying spirit among fellow country menA need for a transcontinental railroad that connected east to west
36 Elias Howe & Isaac Singer Perfected by SingerGave boost to northern industryBecame foundation for ready-made clothing industryLed many women into factories1840s Sewing Machine
37 The “American Dream”They all regarded material advance as the natural fruit of American republicanism & proof of the country’s virtue and promise.A German visitor in the 1840s, Friedrich List, observed:Anything new is quickly introduced here, including all of the latest inventions. There is no clinging to old ways. The moment an American hears the word “invention,” he pricks up his ears.
39 Creating a Business-Friendly Climate Supreme Court Rulings: * Fletcher v. Peck (1810) * Dartmouth v. Woodward (1819) * McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) * Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) * Charles Rivers Bridge v. Warren Bridge (1835)General Incorporation Law passed in New York, 1848.Laissez faire BUT, govt. did much to assist capitalism!
40 Distribution of Wealth During the American Revolution, 45% of all wealth in the top 10% of the population.1845 Boston top 4% owned over 65% of the wealth.1860 Philadelphia top 1% owned over 50% of the wealth.The gap between rich and poor was widening!
42 Samuel Slater (“Father of the Factory System”) Built first textile mill in 1793 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.Born in England on June 9, 1768 and worked in British factories.Slater came to US to make his fortune in the textile industry.Slatersville Mill was the largest and most modern industrial cotton mill of its day
43 The Lowell/Waltham System Francis Cabot Lowell’s town - 1814 Americans beat the British at their own game, made better factoriesFrancis C Lowell (a British “traitor”) came over here to build British factories met up with Boston mechanic, Paul MoodyTogether they improved the mill and invented a power loom that revolutionized textile manufacturingFrancis Cabot Lowell’s town
51 What was their typical “profile?” Lowell Girls1850: 10% of white women working for pay outside homeVast majority of working women were singleLeft paying jobs upon marriage“Cult of domesticity”Cultural idea that glorifies homemakerEmpowers married womenIncreased power & independence of women in home led to decline in family sizeWhat was their typical “profile?”
52 Lowell Boarding Houses What was boardinghouse life like?
55 The Factory Girl’s Garland February 20, 1845 issue.
56 I’m a Factory Girl Filled with Wishes I'm a factory girl Everyday filled with fear From breathing in the poison air Wishing for windows! I'm a factory girl Tired from the 13 hours of wok each day And we have such low pay Wishing for shorten work times! I'm a factory girl Never having enough time to eat Nor to rest my feet Wishing for more free time! I'm a factory girl Sick of all this harsh conditions Making me want to sign the petition! So do what I ask for because I am a factory girl And I'm hereby speaking for all the rest!
58 The Early Union Movement Workingman’s Party (1829) * Founded by Robert Dale Owen and others in New York City.Early unions were usually local, social, and weak.Commonwealth v. Hunt (1842).With industrial revolution, large impersonal factories surrounded by slums full of “wage slaves” developedLong hours, low wages, unsanitary conditions, lack of heat, etc.Labor unions illegal1820: 1/2 of industrial workers were children under 101820s & 1830s: right to vote for laborersLoyalty to Democratic party led to improved conditionsFought for 10-hour day, higher wages, better conditions1830s & 1840s: Dozens of strikes for higher wages or 10-hour day1837 depression hurt union membershipCommonwealth v. HuntSupreme Court ruled unions not illegal conspiracies as long as they were peacefulWorker political parties were ineffective until the post-Civil War period.