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1 Modern America Emerges Chapters 6 and 7 A New Industrial Age Immigrants and Urbanization

2 Chapter 6: A New Industrial Age Expansion of Industry At the end of the 19 th century, natural resources, creative ideas, and growing markets fuel an industrial boom.

3 The Growth of Industry By 1920s, U.S. is world’s leading industrial power, due to several reasons Wealth of natural resources Government support for business Growing urban population

4 Black Gold Pre-European arrival, Native Americans make fuel, medicine from oil 1859, Edwin L. Drake successfully uses steam engine to drill for oil Petroleum-refining industry first makes kerosene, then gasoline

5 Bessemer Steel Process Abundant deposits of coal, iron spur industry Bessemer process puts air into iron to remove carbon to make steel Steel used in railroads, barbed wire, farm machines Changes construction: Brooklyn Bridge; steel-framed skyscrapers

6 Inventions Promote Change Electricity runs numerous machines, becomes available in homes; encourages invention of appliances Inventions impact factory work, lead to industrialization Industrialization makes jobs easier; improves standard of living  By 1890 average workweek 10 hours shorter  Consumers, workers regain power in market

7 The Age of Railroads The growth and consolidation of railroads benefits the nation but also leads to corruption and required government regulation.

8 Railroads Encourage Growth Rails make local transit reliable, westward expansion possible Government makes land grants, loans to railroads  To help settle West  To develop country A National Network  1859, railroads expand west of Missouri River  1869, first transcontinental railroad completed, spans the nation

9 Romance and Reality Railroads offer land, adventure, fresh start to many People of diverse backgrounds build railroad under harsh conditions:  Central Pacific hires Chinese immigrants  Union Pacific, Irish immigrants, Civil War vets Accidents, disease disable and kill thousands every year

10 New Towns and Markets Railroads require great supply of materials, parts Iron, coal, steel, lumber, glass industries grow to meet demand Railroads link isolated towns, promote trade, interdependence Nationwide network of suppliers, markets develop Towns specialize, sell large quantities of their product nationally New towns grow along railroad lines

11 Pullman 1880, George M. Pullman builds railcar factory on Illinois prairie Pullman provides for workers: housing, doctors, shops, sports field Company tightly controls residents to ensure stable work force

12 Railroad Abuses Famers angry over perceived railroad corruption Railroads sell government lands to businesses, not settlers Fix prices, keep farmers in debt Charge different customers different rates

13 Interstate Commerce Act 1886, Supreme Court: states cannot set rates on interstate commerce Public outrage leads to Interstate Commerce Act of 1887  Federal government can supervise railroads  Establishes Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC)

14 Panic and Consolidation Abuses, management, competition almost bankrupt many railroads Railroad problems contribute to panic of 1893, depression By mid-1894, 25% of railroads taken over by financial companies

15 Big Business and Labor The expansion of industry results in the growth of big business and prompts laborers to form unions to better their lives.

16 Andrew Carnegie: New Business Strategies Carnegie searches for ways to make better products more cheaply Hires talented staff; offers company stock; promotes competition Uses vertical integration—buys out suppliers to control materials Through horizontal integration merges with competing companies Carnegie controls almost entire steel industry

17 Principles of Social Darwinism Darwin’s theory of biological evolution: the best-adapted survive Social Darwinism, or social evolution, based on Darwin’s theory Economists use Social Darwinism to justify doctrine of laissez faire

18 Fewer Control More Growth an Consolidation Businesses try to control industry with mergers— buy out competitors Buy all others to form monopolies—control production, wages, prices Holding companies buy all the stock of other companies John D. Rockefeller founds Standard Oil Company, forms trust  trustees run separate companies as if one

19 Rockefeller and the “Robber Barons” Rockefeller profits by paying low wages, underselling others  when controls market, raises prices Critics call industrialists robber barons  industrialists also become philanthropists

20 Sherman Antitrust Act Government thinks expanding corporations stifle free competition Sherman Antitrust Act: trust illegal if interferes with free trade Prosecuting companies difficult; government stops enforcing act

21 Labor Unions Emerge Long hours and danger National Labor Union—first large-scale national organization 1868, NLU gets Congress to give 8-hour day to civil servants Local chapters reject blacks; Colored National Labor Union forms NLU focus on linking existing local unions Noble Order of the Knights of Labor open to women, blacks, unskilled Knights support 8-hour day, equal pay, arbitration

22 Union Movements Diverge Craft Unionism Craft unions include skilled workers from one or more trades Samuel Gompers helps found American Federation of Labor (AFL) AFL uses collective bargaining for better wages, hours, conditions AFL strikes successfully, wins higher pay, shorter workweek Industrial Unionism Industrial unions include skilled, unskilled workers in an industry Eugene V. Debs forms American Railway Union; uses strikes

23 Socialism and the IWW Some labor activists turn to socialism:  government control of business, property  equal distribution of wealth Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or Wobblies, forms 1905 Organized by radical unionists, socialists; include African Americans Industrial unions give unskilled workers dignity, solidarity

24 Strikes Turn Violent The Great Strike of 1877 The Haymarket Affair The Homestead Strike The Pullman Company Strike

25 Women Organize Women barred from many unions; unite behind powerful leaders Mary Harris Jones— most prominent organizer in women’s labor  works for United Mine Workers  leads children’s march Pauline Newman—organizer for International Ladies’ Garment Workers 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire results in public outrage

26 Chapter 7: Immigrants & Urbanization The New Immigrants Immigration from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Mexico reach a new high in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries.

27 Through the “Golden Door” Millions of immigrants seek better lives and/or temporary jobs Europeans Chinese and Japanese The West Indies and Mexico

28 Life in the New Land –Ellis Island Almost all immigrants travel by steamship, most in steerage Ellis Island—chief U.S. immigration station, in New York Harbor Immigrants given physical exam by doctor; seriously ill not admitted Inspector checks documents to see if meets legal requirements 1892–1924, about 17 million immigrants processed at Ellis Island Angel Island—immigrant processing station in San Francisco Bay  Immigrants endure harsh questioning, long detention for admission

29 Cooperation for Survival Immigrants must create new life: find work, home, learn new ways Many seek people who share cultural values, religion, language  ethnic communities form Friction develops between “hyphenated” Americans, native- born

30 The Rise of Nativism Melting pot—in U.S. people blend by abandoning native culture  immigrants don’t want to give up cultural identity Nativism—overt favoritism toward native-born Americans Nativists believe Anglo-Saxons superior to other ethnic groups Some object to immigrants’ religion: many are Catholics, Jews 1897, Congress passes literacy bill for immigrants; Cleveland vetoes 1917, similar bill passes over Wilson’s veto

31 Anti-Asian Sentiment Nativism finds foothold in labor movement, especially in West  fear Chinese immigrants who work for less Labor groups exert political pressure to restrict Asian immigration 1882, Chinese Exclusion Act bans entry to most Chinese

32 The Gentlemen’s Agreement Nativist fears extend to Japanese, most Asians in early 1900s  San Francisco segregates Japanese schoolchildren Gentlemen’s Agreement—Japan limits emigration  in return, U.S. repeals segregation

33 The Challenges of Urbanization The rapid growth of cities force people to contend with problems of housing, transportation, water, and sanitation

34 Immigrants Settle in Cities Industrialization leads to urbanization, or growth of cities Most immigrants settle in cities; get cheap housing, factory jobs Americanization movement—assimilate people into main culture Schools, voluntary groups teach citizenship skills  English, American history, cooking, etiquette Ethnic communities provide social support

35 Migration from Country to City Farm technology decreases need for laborers; people move to cities Many African Americans in South lose their livelihood 1890–1910, move to cities in North, West to escape racial violence Find segregation, discrimination in North too Competition for jobs between blacks, white immigrants causes tension

36 Urban Problems Housing Transportation Water Sanitation Crime Fire

37 The Settlement House Movement Social welfare reformers work to relieve urban poverty Social Gospel movement—preaches salvation through service to poor Settlement houses—community centers in slums, help immigrants Run by college-educated women, they:  provide educational, cultural, social services  send visiting nurses to the sick  help with personal, job, financial problems Jane Addams founds Hull House with Ellen Gates Starr in 1889

38 Politics in the Gilded Age Local and national political corruption in the 19 th century leads to calls for reform

39 The Emergence of Political Machines Political machine—organized group that controls city political party Give services to voters, businesses for political, financial support After Civil War, machines gain control of major cities Machine organization: precinct captains, ward bosses, city boss

40 The Role of the Political Boss Whether or not city boss serves as mayor, he:  controls access to city jobs, business licenses  influences courts, municipal agencies]arranges building projects, community services Bosses paid by businesses, get voters’ loyalty, extend influence

41 Municipal Graft and Scandal Election Fraud and Graft Machines use electoral fraud to win elections Graft —illegal use of political influence for personal gain Machines take kickbacks, bribes to allow legal, illegal activities The Tweed Ring Scandal 1868 William M. Tweed, or Boss Tweed, heads Tammany Hall in NYC Leads Tweed Ring, defrauds city of millions of dollars Cartoonist Thomas Nast helps arouse public outrage - Tweed Ring broken in 1871

42 Patronage Spurs Reform Patronage—government jobs to those who help candidate get elected Civil service (government administration) are all patronage jobs Some appointees not qualified; some use position for personal gain Reformers press for merit system of hiring for civil service

43 Reform Under Hayes, Garfield, and Arthur Republican Rutherford B. Hayes elected president 1876  names independents to cabinet  creates commission to investigate corruption  fires 2 officials; angers Stalwarts 1880, Republican independent James A. Garfield wins election Stalwart Chester A. Arthur is vice-president Garfield gives patronage jobs to reformers; is shot and killed As president, Arthur urges Congress to pass civil service law Pendleton Civil Service Act—appointments based on exam score

44 Harrison, Cleveland, and High Tariffs Business wants high tariffs; Democrats want low tariffs 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland wins; cannot lower tariffs 1888, Benjamin Harrison becomes president, supports higher tariffs  wins passage of McKinley Tariff Act 1892, Cleveland reelected, supports bill that lowers McKinley Tariff  rejects bill that also creates income tax  Wilson-Gorman Tariff becomes law , William McKinley becomes president, raises tariffs again


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