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HiST 143, Section 1

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HiST 143, Section 1 HIST 143

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GE: United States History since 1877
Shannon L. Frystak
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civilwar, history, historyaftercivilwar, 13thamendment, ProgressiveEra, knights of labor, unionization, industrialization, post-war, TheReconstructionEra, jimcrow, turnofthecentury, theguildedage




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Date Created: 10/12/16
Reconstructing America- the aftermath of the Civil War 1861 Abraham Lincoln became president -Did not want to expand slavery beyond the existing slave states -Southerners thought this was treason on Abe’s part -North Carolina started to succeed from the union -In time all 11 states succeeded from the Union Civil War began April 1861-Ends April 1865 st -Emancipation Proclamation January 1 1863: frees states in all confederate states Abe begins the presidential reconstruction, but then is assassinated -Andrew Johnson (vice president) becomes president -Was racist against blacks, but thought succeeding from union was unconstitutional -Thought bankers/plantation owners/wealthy etc. were to blame for the war Differences in reconstruction plans: Lincoln vs. Johnson Lincoln Johnson -All southerners pardoned -Agreed w/ Abe’s plans, but added after taking oath of alliance -Sothern states must th approve 13 to U.S. Amendment -States are permitted back into -States had to nullify their The Union when 10% of it’s voters ordinances of succession took oath of alliance -States had to cancel war debt & “beg” beg for forgiveness. Civil War reconstruction Amendments th 13 thBans slavery 14 - defines citizenship & grants equal protection 15 - gives citizens (men) right to vote, regardless of race/color/previous conditions Ex-Slaves: 4 million men/women/children released, largest transfer of property in U.S. history. Freeman’s Bureau: provides food, shelter, clothing, to ex-slaves -Helped them find homes -Taught to read and write Military Recthstruction: some southern states dragged their feet ratifying 15 amendment (allowing blacks to vote) so the government sent in military to occupy them until they ratified. Southern response to Congressional reconstruction: Black Codes: restricts all rights of blacks Examples: limited occupations/cohabitation/marriage/travel The Compromise of 1877 1876 Hayes (north) & Tilton (south) Election -Almost 50/50 tie, but Hayes won but...with these conditions: -Had to withdrawal military troops from Southern states -Was only permitted 1 term -Must appoint Southern democrats to the cabinet The beginning of Jim Crow The New South Creed: brought industry to the south, cotton mills, create cities etc. Political: Mississippi Plan: the disfranchising of blacks Voting-instituted poll tax - literacy test - forbid voting if found guilty of: bribery, burglary, theft, arson, rape, perjury, murder, bigamy, drunkenness, etc. & Louisiana Grandfather Clause: if you couldn’t vote before 1870 (all blacks), you cannot vote. Social: 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson- “Separate but equal” (not overturned until Brown vs. Board of Education) Booker T. Washington th -Lower class, born a slave, then liberated by the 13 amendment -Went to Hampton University -Was very well respected by whites and Roosevelt -Called, “The Great Compromiser” -Believed in accommodation NOT agitation -Went to Tuskegee, AL to build a vocational school for blacks to prove to whites they are capable, trustworthy, and hardworking. -1895 Atlanta Exposition: Booker T. spoke publically to attempt to keep blacks in the south, so they can show whites what they are really capable of, prove themselves. W.E.B Du Bois -Upper class from the north, lived alongside whites his whole life, with vest little racism -1 African American to get a PhD from Harvard University -Booker’s biggest critic -Did not agree with vocational schools, thought blacks should get better education -Part of original NAACP group -1909 Niagara Movement: A biracial movement/organization -Became the NAACP (National Association for Advancement of Colored People) 1. Enforcements for 14 th& 15 th amendments 2. Equal education for black/white children th 3. Complete Enfranchisement of blacks (15 amendment) th th Late 19 – Early 20 Century: American Turn of the Century Industry-immigration-cities-labor unions -In 40 years U.S. population doubled Summary: Industrialization-Hot, dirty, unsafe, 12+hr. work, 6+ days a week Immigration- Ellis Island Urbanization- cities expand because of factories-separate districts- pollution “The Gilded Age” $-BIG MONOPOLIES-$ STEEL: Andrew Carnegie- classic rags to riches story -U.S. first millionaire -Became president of the railroad, bought many bail bonds -Carnegie Steel STEEL: J.P. Morgan- came from money -Bought Carnegie Steel when he Andrew retired, became U.S. Steel OIL: John D. Rockefeller- from Cleveland came from money -Standard Oil -Owned company, oil refinery, transport train cars, transport railroads, spied on oil competitors CARS: Henry Ford 1880’s- Interstate Commerce Act- regulated railroads Sherman Anti-Trust Act- banned monopolies, promoted fair competition st -1 acts to attempt to end big industry control Unionization: attempts to regulate working life After Civil War, Farmer’s Union was formed by the Populist Party. Populist (people’s) Party formed... The Omaha Platform. Strived for: -8 hour workday, minimum wage/maximum hour, graduated income tax, increase money supply, postal savings bank, phones/telegraphs, ban Pinkertons (private police forces) 1869 Knights of Labor union -Deemed the “first national union” -Allowed membership to ANYONE -Formed by 9 tailors -Did not have success until 1877 -After recession of 1893 Knights of Labor lost strength 1877 The Great Railroad Strike -Began in West Virginia when they walked off the job, spread to Pittsburgh, then Maryland, all the way to San Francisco. -Were striking for 10% wage increase, better/safer work conditions, and better hours -Strike was unsuccessful, workers were fired, some were killed, and others left were forced to return to work *significance: popularized the idea of national unionization, and after the strike national unionization went up by 700% -in steel plants mostly 1881-AFL-American Federation of Labor -Still around today -More restrictive on who can join, exclusive -Umbrella group (steel, electricians, miners, etc.) -“Closed shop union” to work in particular factories, you must join union -Their platform: -Better wages, benefits, workers compensation, 8 hour work days, immigration restrictions in fear of them taking jobs 1900-ILGWU-International Ladies Garment Workers Union -Mainly on East Coast -Made up mostly in NYC of young, immigrant women working in factories *significance: 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Significant Strikes/Events/Court cases 1886-Haymarket Strike-Chicago -Harvesters, meat packers etc. (mostly immigrants) striking/marching -Known as MAY DAY, assembly to recognize labor unions -A policemen got shot, 9 union members arrested, 8 found guilty and were killed 1892 (Depression beginning)-Homestead Strike-Pennsylvania -5,000 workers wages suddenly drop at Carnegie Steel -Workers strike, pinkertons sent in to stop strike -Governor of PA called in state troops to occupy for 1 week to end strike -Carnegie breaks up this union 1894 (during Depression)-Pullman Strike -Workers built railroad carts, wages were significantly cut, but cost of living was not. -Pullman ran entire town, workers/citizens bought, rented, got water, paid all utilities to Pullman -A Supreme Court injunction said workers were “interfering with mail” and “monopolizing the economy” -National Troops sent in to end strike -After strike, many resented these strikers claiming they are “ungrateful” “be happy you even have a job” type attitude 1905-Wobblies-International Workers of the World -European, Italian members -Union not around very long -Believed bigger union=better union -Won strike during WWI, Italian, Polish, Irish, and African American dock workers. -Opens the idea that big unions are better unions 1908-Muller vs. Oregon -Muller (women) worked in a factory, very bad conditions -Supreme Court ruled women/children should get 10 hour work days -Ruling because women’s “biological and reproductive issues” -Some immigrant women upset with this because they wanted the hours and $ 1911- Triangle Shirtwaist Fire -146 died: worst tragedy in NY history until 9/11 -Doors were locked because of on and off union strikes -Hundreds trapped, jumped out of tall building to their death -In NY alone, 36 new labor laws were created -This spread to other urban areas and fire drills/factory inspections were created Immigrant Life in America: “the push-pull affect” -Pull: jobs in America, other family already there, better pay, and the “American Dream” -Push: out of Europe: famine, war, religious persecution etc. st -1 Western Europe, Great Britain, Germany etc. -Later, Italy, Russian, Polish, Slovak etc. -Most (50%) moved to urban areas 1892 to 1954- Ellis Island -Much corruption theft, lying at the many ports before this time -Bureau of Immigration bought this island -70% of immigrants came through via Ellis Island from 1892-1954 -5,000 people processed per day -12 million in total processed during operation -2-3 hours to check in, some quarantined, 2% sent back 1910- Angel Island -West Coast -Chinese Exclusion Act was already put into place -Big fear of China -30% of people evaluated were sent back Turn of the Century America -1/2 of Americans were living in urban areas = jobs/industry/opportunity Advancements/Ideas/Urban Life: -Elisha Otis invented the non-electric elevator in 1852 -1880 Skyscrapers are invented -Tenement buildings- primarily immigrants, and for the poor, crammed and dirty -Cable cars invented in 1970’s in San Francisco -Subways, first in Philadelphia -Allowed cities to expand outwards -The “el” elevated trains -Created daily transit routes & schedules based on factory shifts -Department Stores/Shopping Districts -From small stuffed mom and pop stores to elaborate designed stores -Macy’s, Marshall Field & Co., Wanamaker -Marketed to upper class white women, gender/class oriented -Financial Districts -For the white middle class male -Wall street, bars, business districts -NY Central Park -Designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, an architect -Aim to create and preserve green space in cities -25,000 visitors per day before it’s even completed -Meant for upper-class whites, but crammed immigrants benefited -Vice/Red light District -Near immigrant/ethnic neighborhoods -Taverns, prostitutes, gambling -Varying laws- Ex: Saloons/taverns were men only Edge City = Suburbs -Submerging middle class began to move out of the city, to the outskirts of the city where there were less tenement buildings “How the Other Half Lives” by Jacob Riis -Worked with police writing about crime/violence -Focused on immigrants/minorities and violence -Dies in 1914 The Progressive Era: 1890-1920 -Decrease role of special interest groups in government -Make government more honest/efficient/responsive to needs


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