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HIST 2020 - Week 1

by: Kyree Griffin

HIST 2020 - Week 1 HIST 2020

Kyree Griffin
University of Memphis
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These are all of the points we went over in last weeks class. Any details you feel are left out can be found in Chapter 15 & 16 in our Course Textbook REMINDER - there is an in-class assignmen...
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US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27 Ch. 15 – Reconstruction (summary) +  Ch16 – The Gilded Age Part I (1870­1900) Lecture Overview:  Chapter 15 Reconstruction Summary  Chapter 16 The Gilded Age (Part 1)  o The Second Industrial Revolution o Railroads & Industry o Cities & New Technologies o Big Business o Class Divisions Chapter 15: Reconstruction Summary  Reconstruction Amendments ( 13 , 14 , 15 ) th  Sou. Democratic Party + [Klu Klux] Klan = “Redemption” o Terror used to intimidate black voters and leaders o Dem. Party rules south for over 75 years.  Repub. Party less committed to black rights o Abolitionists leaders dying off (i.e. Charles Sumner)  Supreme Court dilutes freedom’s meanings o [Slaughterhouse Cases]  There are some decisions/rights that should be left  solely up to the states  Gov. left to upper class whites  Widespread corruption: local, state, nat’l. o Pres. U.S. Grant (1869­77) o Divides GOP (Republican Party): spoilsmen vs. reformers  Neither side really cared about black rights  Spoilsmen – rich rule/concern  Reformers – concerned with good government  Pres. Election 1876 results in deadlock.  Compromise of 1877 o Close pres. Election decided in backroom bargain.  1875 – Parrish, LA – Blacks massacred by local whites for putting Blacks into office  Southern Democratic Party  Land holders (whites) – anti­black  Shift in political views between Democrats & Republicans o Democrats go from company/money to liberal (human rights) o Republicans vice­versa  Poor [South] through WWII US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27 o African­Americans stay lower class through 1960s Chapter 16: The Gilded Age Pt. I  Rapid economic growth, 1870­1900  Railroads and the national market o Population Growth ­­ Mass Marketing  Industrialization o Federal Governments promotion of economy  Cities and New Technology o Urban Growth ­­ Thomas Edison  Big Businesses and the leaders o Carnegie (steel) & Rockefeller (oil) o ‘Captains of industry’ or ‘robber barons’?  Labor in an industrial age o Labor demand increase  Giving out massive land grants (esp. to RR companies – 65mil. Acres to N. Pacific  RR)  RR made 1nd revolution possible  X3 1860­1880  x3 < 1920 o RR are chief source for rapid transportation.  o RR oversaw switch to standard age track.  Certain age, certain space between tracks (South moved tracks to match north and west tracks) o Estab. Of National Time Zones  Makes travel [times] more convenient\ th th o Soveirn Powers in late 19  and Early 20  Century  1870­1920 – population almost triples  o Natural reproduction o 25Mil. New Immigrants  Foster new nat. systems – mass production, distribution and marketing  Brands o Ivory Soap o Quaker Oats  Chain Stores US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27 o A&P Groceries o Woolworth’s o Department Stores  Mail­order firm’s  o Sears, Roebuck  o Montgomery Ward th  Genesis of consumer­oriented society we become in late 20  Century  1913 – 1/3 of the entire globes industrial output  Majority of American workers earned non­farmer jobs (1880 census)  1890 – worked for wages  Urban Growth o 11Mil. People moved from rural areas to urban areas.  o 50* years after civil war  Percentage continues to increase  Core: The Great Lakes Region o Chicago, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, etc.   (Growth of far west)   Communications o Telegraph System (used in civil wars) becomes transatlantic o 1880s introduce the telephone  Steel Manufacturing o Cities grow outward and upward ( skyscraper )  o Construction/Material Science Practices  Electirc power: o Pioneered during 1880s o Associated with T. Edison  Thomas A. Edison (1847­1931) o From his ‘invention factory’ at Menlo Park, NJ:  Phonograph  Telephone  Turn into a system  Electric light  Grid that would light and sustain entire cities US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27  Electric power distribution, and…  Electric chair (yikes)  Invented as a way to prove that AC systems were dangerous  Master of patents and litigation  Big Business o Unstable economy o Downward pressure on prices and wages  The first “Great Depression” (1873­1897) o Ruthless competition leads to o Initiatives to stabilize profits  Pools: (markets divvied up & prices fixed)  Trusts: multiple firms under single directorship  Mergers: multiple firms consolidated into one  1897­1904 o Monetary policy provokes deflation spiral  Helped capitalists – hurt every day Americans  Business leaders o Thomas A. Scott (Penn RR)  Prototype of modern business organization  Divided internally (Engineers paid more than breakmen, etc.  Pecking order) o Andrew Carnegie (Homestead / Steel)  Vertical integration  Rather than have lots of little corporations that are in charge of  one thing, vertical corp. control all those aspects (creating  monopolies)   1901 – sell out rights to U.S. Steel by JP Morgan  Mentored by Scott, rises above Scott, betrays Scott. o J.D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil)  1870s start – Horizontal integration; later, vertical (oil trust)  Oil Refineries  without, oil industry won’t work/develop   Important for heating/energy  More efficient than coal  Early 1900s, controls 90% of oil production and distribution.   Destroys small independent producers  1901 – fight for control again due to massive oil finds in Texas   Monopolies of market  Interfirm cooperation – control prices and keep prices up.   1900* privatized form of socialism to help interfirm cooperation  Captains of Industry or Robber Barons? (pp 598­600) o A. Carnegie (Steel)  JD Rockefeller (Oil) US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27 o Admirably effective at what they did o ‘Rags to Riches’  Rosenwald Schools o For underprivileged black kids to be allowed to go to school Extremely ruthless:   Carnegie betrays mentor to take over rr and steel monopolies  Harsh in getting rid of competitors   Wealth distribution becomes more equitable – 1930s­1970s  1870s – GW Airbrake technology for railroads Over 2000 workers died, b/c rr owners wouldn’t instay^  Labor conditions in industrial U.S. o Advantages for skilled labor elite (minority) o Hardships for semi­ and unskilled majority  Continuously replaced workers to avoid having to fix working  conditions/risk of employees banding together.  Unreliable employment & wages  No workers’ compensation (payment from injury on job) or pensions  (retirements)  1880­1900 aver. 35,000 deaths a year in American factories and  mines – highest rate of industrial accidents in the world o Poor working conditions  Long workdays & dangerous workplaces o Odds against collective action (i.e., unisons)  Growing Class Divisions o Great RR Strike (1877)  Shot/Put Down by Federally ordered armies and soldiers o New urban middle­class o Exclusive world of the rich  Veblen (1899): ‘Conspicuous Consumption’  Wealthy wore their wealth and aristocratic privilege on their sleeve o Extremes of wealth & poverty  Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives (1891) January 27  (Wednesday)  Lecture Overview:  Ch. 16 The Gilded Age (Part II) o Transformation of the West  Farms on the “Middle Border” US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27  California & Corporate agriculture  Cowboys and Miners  Native­American depossession o Politics in the Gilded Age  Corruption  Two­Party Politics of Distraction o Freedom in the Gilded Age  Social Darwinism & the Courts  Knights of Labor & Middle Class Reformers  The Haymarket Incident, 1886 Chapter 16: The Gilded Age (Part II)  The Transformation of the West o Farms on the “Middle Border”  Homestead Act – 1862 – passed by Republican Party  Free parcels of land to settlers who moved to the west (Land  owned by fed. gov’t.)  Dwarfed in comparison to RR Companies o California & Corporate agriculture o Cowboys and Miners  Advent of Barbed wire  Livestock farming  Corporate Owned  Destroyed smaller farmers who depended on open spaces to  graze livestock  Many indentured Workers  Company Towns  A single company controls everything in a given  town. o Native­American dispossession  1871: end of the treaty system  1887: the Dawes Act  Eliminating attacking tribalism  Children taken from parents and sent to American Boarding  School  Broke up tribal holdings established by treaties (broke into  smaller parcels to distribute to certain families) o Made easier to attack impoverished NA  1890: the Battle of Wounded Knee  W/Ch. Slaughtered by US Troops (150mil.) o California Agribusiness  Depended heavily on   machinery   Chemicals  US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27  Irrigation systems.   Exploiting Migrant Labor & Indentured Labor (Bound to terms of  service by contract) o US Army launched campaigns against Native Americans (10 yrs. After CW)  Destroy livestock and property to destroy Native American  Economy/Life  Esp. Buffalo  Politics in the Gilded Age o Mark Twain’s term: “The Gilded Age” o Political corruption  Urban machines like William “Boss” Tweed’s in NYC o The two major parties  Lasting impact of Civil War on each   Social/religion support  Republican: tariffs (protect Amer. Job/industry) & pensions  (anyone who fought in CW were entitled to ongoing pensions  for their work in CW  even after they passed, family/wife  would receive pension) = dominance  Southerners didn’t receive pensions as they didn’t fight for the  o 1860­1912 wins majority of executive polls  Democrats: strong in South & urban immigrants o The parties were closely divided  But GOP wins 11/13 of Pres. Elections, 1860­1908  Political stalemate in Congress o The state of American democracy  Intense party loyalty, high voter turnout  But small fed. Gov’t. unable to deal w/ econ. Problems  Interstate Commerce Commission (1887)  Sherman Antitrust Act (1890) o Band combos. In restraint of free trade and competition o Poor­no enforcement authority  State Gov’t. try to assume greater public role  Third­party movements & the Grange  Freedom of the Gilded Age o Defenses of Gilded Age Inequality  Social Darwinism  Survival of the Fittest – was as natural in humans as in nature  Fears of lower­class threat to property rights o The anti­labor judiciary  Gov’t. regs help contrary to ‘free­labor’ rights  Support business resistance to gov’t. oversight. US Since 1877: 01/25 – 01/27  Sherman Act applied not to businesses—but to labor  “Gov’t. by injunction”: courts retrain workers’ 1  Amendment  rights.  Lochner v. NY (1905)   Limits on hours violates workers’ “liberty of contract” th  14  amendment redefined by fed. Gov’t.  applies equality and  freedom to corporations as if they were people instead of for freed­ people as ex­slaves  Labor and the republic o The Knights of Labor (1880s)  All­inclusive union (skilled/unskilled; biracial)  Nostalgic ideal of “cooperative commonwealth”  Peaks at 800K member in 1886, then breaks up. o Middle­class Reformers  Henry George’s Progress & Poverty (1879)  The ‘single tax’; welcomes social interdependence (1879)   But rejects activist gov’t.  Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward (1889)  Weird utopian ‘nationalism’ (socialism?)  The Social Gospel movement  Christian missions & poor­relief programs (Jane Addams) o 1886: Labor’s year of upheaval  Massive growth of Knights of Labor  Nat’l. May Day demonstration for 8­hour day  Haymarket Affair (Chicago)  May 3: Killing of 4 strikers by Police  May 4: Bomb kills policeman at Haymarkey Square  8 foreign­born labor leaders tried & convicted o No evidence of guilt, but 4 hung anyway  Incident used to scapegoat labor movement  Rapid decline of Knights of Labor 


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