Essay about The Industrialization After the Civil War

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Assignment 1.2: Industrialization after the Civil War Final Paper
Melissa Rogers
November 10, 2014
History 105: Contemporary U.S. History
Dr. Reeves

Introduction The Industrial revolution improved the American lifestyle all the while causing many problems along the way. The Industrial Revolution contributed to the growth of cities and their economy. This created more jobs thus causing for workers to move their families to the northern regions of the country for work on farms or factories. The Industrial Revolution also contributed to many aspects that negatively affected some Americans’ working conditions, living situations, rate of pay, cause of death and illnesses and many other problems for the American people.
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They were given low pay and forced to work in unsafe conditions. The working class had a need for Unions and laws to prohibit these unsafe conditions they were being exposed to.
Next were the farmers, who were extremely affected by industrialization. With overproduction and more farmers and product than ever, they were making less money and profit and their family farms were nearly extinct. These farmers were the undermined skilled artisans in the farming communities.
Immigrants felt the good and bad affects of industrialization. For immigrants, railroads provided many jobs for those who had just entered the country. Although they found it difficult to adjust to the American culture, they made due by founding churches, charities and in the case of the Chinese, the building of China Town. Everything went good for immigrants for a while until they began to leave a sour taste in some Americans’ mouths, so to speak. Immigrants were soon resented because of their eagerness and willingness to take lower wages and they were soon discriminated against because of their “ways.” They were profiled as a type of people who were there to take Americans’ jobs here in the US.
Children and women were affected by industrialization, mostly in a negative light. They were exposed to harsh conditions, extremely dangerous working environments, long hours and were exploited. Although children and women were exposed to similar situations or even placed in

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