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His 106: Exam #1 Study Guide

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This study guide covers everything that has been discussed in lecture since Day 1. It also includes guiding questions for possible topics for essay questions.
The United States Since 1877
Jared Heath Roll
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history, 1870's, 1880's, 1890's, Industrialism, capitalism, railroad, machine
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Date Created: 09/21/16
OUR FIRST EXAM IS ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016. There are two parts to this exam: a short answer and a long answer portion. This study guide will recap everything that we have covered from Day 1. For more in­depth coverage, feel free to reference the notes I have uploaded. Over­arching theme: The social/political consequences of capitalism – humans were slaves to the machine – expansion of the railroads 1876 A year for celebrating national unity and rising economic power  Philadelphia Centennial Exposition – showed off technological developments o Typewriter o Barbed wire o Sewing machine o Lady Liberty’s hand holding the torch o Automatic telegraph o Corliss Steam Engine (“The Giant”)  General George Armstrong Custer – killed at Little Big Horn o Discovers gold in Black Hills (on Sioux land)  Northern Pacific Railroad o Intended to settle the West – completed in 1883  All White Rifle Club – started by Martin Gary o Wanted to seize power from newly enfranchised African Americans by  intimidation and/or murder Achievements of Reconstruction Reconstruction aimed at freeing slavery and wanted freedmen to have the same opportunities as  everyone else – they wanted to give them what slavery denied them.  13  Amendment (1865) o Formally abolished slavery th  14  Amendment (1868) o Granted citizenship to all those who were born in the U.S. o This included former slaves  15  Amendment (1870) o Granted voting rights for all men o Still excluded women  Civil Rights Act of 1875 o Called for equal treatment of African Americans in public settings o Wanted to create a “level playing field” Ideology of the Republican Party / Emphasis on Railroads  Free market capitalism – money is power  Free labor – in other words, not slave labor  Pacific Railroad Act (1862)  Northern Pacific Railroad Act (1864) o Both acts were passed to build a transcontinental railroad.  Public land grants  Government bonds o Grants and bonds were given to sell land to private railroad corporations. Effect of Railroads  Railroads attract investment (sought to rebuild society)  Connected communities in ways that were not previously possible  Railroads established where people go – due to the fact that the railroads owned the land  the tracks were on, as well as the surrounding land.  In 1862, the government created the Federal Time and Distance Indicator in an attempt to regulate time.  In 1883, the four time zones were created.  Railroads were so integrated into society that they became music themselves. o Think about John Henry and Casey Jones.  Due to the fact that Jay Cooke (banker and railroad financer) sold too many bonds for  railroad companies, the largest bank in the U.S. went bankrupt in 1873 – this was the  beginning of a 7 year economic depression. Labor and Industry  Machines now allowed workers to be paid for their time – hourly wage o Before Civil War, workers were governed by the sun  Humans are servants to the machine  Industry excited a dream of joining the forces of progress of modern life – inspired the  migration from farms to cities.  Working conditions were unpleasant o 10 hour days, 6 days a week o Child labor  A child’s life was cheap – easily replaceable and dispensable o Slums, sewage, violence  Many workers were immigrants from Germany, Great Britain, Scandinavia, China, Italy,  Austrio­Hungarian Empire, Poland, and the Eastern Russian Empire. Depression of 1870s Caused by the bankruptcy of the banks  Showed how unstable capitalism can be  Caused factories to lower work wages  Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller all made their money in the depths of the  depression. o Richest 10% of people help 70% of the nation’s wealth. Great Uprising of 1877  Began when railroads cut wages by 10% but increased dividends to shareholders by 10%  Battle erupts and militia open fire on the strikers  Strike spreads to Pittsburg – workers burn down the central railroad hub  Spreads all the way to St. Louis, Kansas City, and Omaha o Spread due to the recognition of a common experience and a common enemy  between the workers.  Strike is eventually shut down due to the overwhelming armed power of the militia. o Led to the creation of the National Guard Organized Political Parties Workers realized they needed to organize politically  Created the Workingmen’s Party in 1877­1878, then the Socialist Labor Party of America in 1878­1901. o Forerunner of the communist party  Henry George – Progress and Poverty (1879) – why does poverty have to come with  progress?  Knights of Labor was formed to organize society on more equal terms o Organize labor to counter big business o Secure labor its share of wealth o Cooperative stores/business o Public land for settlers o Health and safety laws in the workplace o Arbitration of disputes o No child labor o Equal pay for equal work between men and women o 8 hour days o National money instead of private bank notes  Knights of Labor led to the foundation of Labor Day Answers to Henry George’s Question  Andrew Carnegie – “The Gospel of Wealth” o Felt that that distribution of wealth was how it should be o Those who fail are incompetent and deserve their failures, and the rich win due to  their intelligence and skill o The rich should be stewards of the nation and help the weak  Charles Graham Sumner – “survival of the fittest” o Felt that the strong should succeed and deserve to be rich, and would lead to the  ultimate extinction of the weak o This viewpoint led to racism with the distribution of wealth and power Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad th Remember: The 14  Amendment granted citizenship to all people born in the U.S.  In 1885, the Supreme Court granted corporations protection under the 14  Amendment. Knights of Labor  Argued for 8 hour work day  Felt that government should help ordinary people against the power of the corporations  Against industrial capitalism  In 1885, led a strike against the Jay Gould railroad o They won and got what they wanted  In 1886, led a strike against Gould again o Strike spread from Texas to Illinois (Great Southwest Strike) o They lost due to protection of the 14  Amendment   In 1886, sense of urgency peaked at the Haymarket riot o A bomb was thrown at police by anarchists, so police fired into the crowd of  strikers Women’s Christian Temperance Union  Founded in 1874 o Against alcohol o Wanted 8 hour work day, labor organization, and women’s right to vote  Interstate Commerce Commission (1887) o Prohibited rates discrimination on railroads  Sherman Anti­Trust Act (1890) o Prohibited conspiracies that restrained trade across state lines American Federation of Labor (1886)  Accepted capitalism, but wanted higher wages, shorter hours, and improved working  conditions  Limited membership to skilled white workers Homestead, Pennsylvania (1892)  AFL steelworkers vs. Carnegie Steel  Became known as the Battle of Homestead Growth of Cities  Cities attract people from rural areas with the promise of industrial capitalism o Between 1870 and 1900, 11 million people moved to American cities  Living conditions were poor – couldn’t support rapid growth  Before 1880, immigrants were coming from Africa, Scandinavia, and Germany.  After 1880, immigrants were coming from Italy, Austrio­Hungarian Empire, Russian  Empire, Greece, Turkey, Poland, and Japan. o Immigration made possible by the steam ship. New Immigrants  Weren’t Protestant and didn’t speak English  Saloons became key institutions in American life o Immigrants come looking for social connections: can get loans, cash their  paychecks, get information about jobs, all in the language of their home country Urban Problems Cities are dangerous but exciting places  Bad sanitation  Bad streets  Bad housing  Inadequate fire and police protection  Unclean water  Disease New Fears Fear of foreigners  1882: Chinese Exclusion Act  1886: American League was created o Dedicated to rooting out Catholics  1887: American Protection Association was created o Aimed to “preserve America for Americans”  1894: Immigration Restriction League was created o Called on the government to stop the social and cultural change being brought on  by immigration   1906­1907: Japanese Exclusion Act The New South Embraced modern industry and technology – resource extraction is how the New South develops  The New South was a term popularized by Henry Grady to describe the development of  an industrial capitalist economy and society  After 1876, the Democratic Party pushed the Republican Party out of power across the  region using violence and fraud  Railroads are key to economic rise o Grant large amounts of land and tax incentives to railroad companies  Northern textile industries relocate to Piedmont region  Coal and iron ore found in Birmingham, AL o Gives Alabama an economic advantage over southern states without these  resources  Logging trains move to MS  Search for coal in Kentucky   Emergence of cash crops, such as cotton o Farms worked by tenant farmers and sharecroppers Rise of Lynchings Young African Americans who were born free were less respectful of whites than their parents  Lynchings peak in the 1890s  Whites fear disorder, loss of racial privileges, and economic and social competition with  African Americans  Incredibly violent Politics  Grover Cleveland (D): President in 1884 o First Democratic President since Civil War  Benjamin Harrison (R): President in 1888  Federal Elections Bill (Lodge Force Bill): Proposed in 1890 o Meant to stop white Democrats from using violence to defeat Republicans – never became law Mississippi State Constitution (1890)  Wanted to make legal moves to disenfranchise African Americans from voting o Poll tax o Understanding Clause o Convicts barred Legal Moves  Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) o Separate but equal  Williams v. Mississippi (1898) o Declared MS’s 1890 Plan constitutional  Promotes white supremacy Mississippi State Flag  Adopted flag in 1894  Symbol of “state pride” and “patriotic ardor” New West  People hungered for profit – sought money and power  Buffalo Bill’s shows create image of the old West – mythic images  Expansion of railroads has same effect in West as it did in the South   Extermination of buffalo  Homestead Act (1862) o Allowed West to be settled with non­slave labor o Gave 160 acres of land for settlers to cultivate  Farmers had to invest in technology to be successful  investment lead to debt  Settlers who didn’t get their land from the Homestead Act bought land from railroad  companies  Mines were opened up by railroads – gold, silver, lead, zinc, coal  Indian Allotment Act (1887) o Native Americans were in the way of profits o Gave federal government authority to give away Native American land Money  Economy run on debt o Needed mortgages to buy land o Credit to buy food, clothes, and medicine  Deflation – tight money supply  Overproduction of basic commodities Farmer’s Alliance  “Southern” – 1877  “Northern” – 1880  “Colored” – 1886  Wanted to balance the power of the banks by joining together in a cooperative effort People’s Party (Populists) Third party alternative to Republicans and Democrats  Government regulation of railroads and banks  Direct election of Senators  Expansion of money (monetizing silver)  Get land taken back by railroads  Graduated income tax for the wealthy  Free Silver Argument – argument to monetize silver  o For every 1 bar of gold, 16 bars of silver Election of 1896 William McKinley (R) v. William Jennings Bryan (D & Populist)  McKinley o Backed by railroads o Led first modern presidential campaign  Bryan o Gave campaign speeches from train cars o Had no money for campaigns  McKinley won election Guiding Questions These are things to think about for possible essay questions. Points of focus for these questions are highlighted above. 1. What does it mean to be modern? What did “modern” mean in 1876? 2. What was the significance of the railroad? 3. What were the arguments for and against unregulated capitalism? 4. What were the most significant similarities and differences between life in America’s  industrial cities and the southern states in this period? 5. Why did rural Americans mount the greatest challenge to unregulated capitalism in this  period?


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