Determine how industrialization, urbanization, and immigration reshaped the United States in the decades following the Civil War. Explain the importance of the Agrarian Revolt in reshaping American politics at the end of the 19th century. Describe the rise of mass society at the turn of the century.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 9:52 pm ad1c9bdddf
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Industrialism and the Agrarian Revolt
Determine how industrialization, urbanization, and immigration reshaped the United States in the decades following the Civil War. Explain the importance of the Agrarian Revolt in reshaping American politics at the end of the 19th century. Describe the rise of mass society at the turn of the century.
Industrialization continued to grow and grow rapidly following the Civil War. This occurred because the United States already had great industry, was becoming a world power and had a growing population of immigrants who not only lived in our cities, but also worked in our industry. They did work on things such as shoes, textiles, parts for trains and cars and worked in the construction trades to build the new buildings for businesses and for them to live in. So, our country (during the decades following the great Civil War) until about the 1940s really started to grow in the urban areas (especially between around 1870-1920) because of the mainly large Roman Catholic families that moved to these areas. More people also moved to urban areas looking for work during the Great depression as well. Because of the previously mentioned Catholics, our country took on more of an international flavor and over time became less influenced by the Brahmins and Blue Bloods.
From its formulation in 1876 until before the 1896 Presidential election (when the Democrats had taken more of their ideas main stream, hence the party and its ideas had indeed gone mainstream), this party of poor white non industry smaller scale agrarians who loathed the "corporate pig" and industrialist like Carnegie and Rockefeller really developed a strong following. It is not a stretch to say their influence besides not only strongly influencing one of our 2 major political parties also helped to inspire more socialist views in the country (which were coming), unions, strikes and perhaps inspire people like Teddy Roosevelt (a Republican) to look out more for the little man. It also inspired anarchists and allowed for the political influence of the common man (whites who had been here for many generations and European immigrants too). This and books like the ones describing the squalor in our cities and the meat packing business helped inspire change too.