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The factories built by the Union in the Civil War to defeat the Confederacy were not shut down at the war's end. These factories were converted to peacetime purposes. Although industry had existed prior to the war, agriculture had represented the most significant portion of the American economy.
After the war, beginning with the railroads, small businesses grew larger and larger. By the century's end, the nation's economy was dominated by a few, very powerful individuals. In 1850, most Americans worked for themselves. By 1900, most Americans worked for an employer.
The growth was astounding. From the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to the disastrous Panic of 1893, the American economy nearly doubled in size. New technologies and new ways of organizing business led a few individuals to the top. The competition was ruthless. Those who could not provide the best product at the cheapest price were simply driven into bankruptcy or were bought up by hungry, successful industrialists.
John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil, Andrew Carnegie of Carnegie Steel, and J. Pierpont Morgan, the powerful banker who controlled a great many industries, became well known household names. Nevertheless, the American economy grew and grew. By 1914, the small nation once seen as a playground for European empires had now surpassed them all.
The United States had become the largest industrial nation in the world. The prosperity of America did not reach everyone. Amid the fabulous wealth of the new economic elite was tremendous poverty. How did some manage to be so successful while others struggled to put food on the table? Americans wrestled with this great question as new attitudes toward wealth began to emerge.
The presentation covers the following:
Industry Giants & Molly Maguire’s
Attitudes Towards Wealth
Railroad Travel Improvements
The Transcontinental Railroad
The Golden Spike
Interstate Commerce Commission
John D Rockefeller
The Oil Business
Civil War Days
J. Pierpont Morgan
Panic of 1873
Shift in Thinking
Move to Europe
New Attitudes Towards Wealth
Gospel of Wealth
Social Darwinism v. the Gospel of Wealth
Horatio Alger Books
“Rags to Riches” Tales
The “American Dream”
Politics of the Gilded Age
The Forgettable Presidents (3)
End of Presentation
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