APUSH P. 1
5 January 2015
Discuss the impact of industrialization on workers in the United States from 1865 to 1914 and explain the ways that individuals and the government responded to the problems created by industrialization.
3) The impact that industrialization had on workers in the US is important to understand because in this time period industrialization was a huge part of people’s life and changed many by creating more jobs for people which meant more supplies and goods. 4) The question is significant in understanding this historical time period because this is the time period when many things were invented and/or became very popular. The US, at this time, changed dramatically, for the good and the bad, and it is important to know not only the good, but also the bad. Document A
The opportunity to get rich, to attain great wealth is here…now within the reach of almost every man and woman…. You have no right to be poor. It is your duty to be rich…. I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathized with is very small… let us remember, there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings… Russell Cornwell, Acres of
It is true that wealth has been greatly increased, and that the average comfort, leisure, and refinement have been raised, but these gains are not general. In them the lowest class do not share…There is a vague but general feeling of disappointment; and
increases bitterness among the working classes; a widespread feeling of unrest and brooding revolution.
Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1905. Document C
The employer desires to reduce wages and lengthen the hours of labor, while the desire of employees is to obtain shorter hours of labor and better wages, and better surroundings. Strikes establish or maintain the rights of unionism; that is, to establish and maintain the organization by which the rights of worker can be better protected.
I am going to fight… If it takes all summer and all winter, and all next summer and all next winter. Yes, even life itself. I will fight this to the bitter end. I will never recognize the union, never, never.
HC Frick, President, Carnegie Steel, 1892
The Dumbbell Tenement Plan
A. The question is significant in understanding this historical time period because this is the time period when many things were invented and/or became very popular. The US, at this time, changed dramatically, for the good and the bad, and it is important to know not only the good, but also the bad.
B. In Document A it talks about how