Chapter Summary: The America Gilded Age

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Journal Entry One:
The information I took from the chapter 16 the America Gilded Age (THE INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY) was that America became a superpower as far as production and exports. After reading the chapter, the United States was producing one-third of the world’s industrial output, which was more than Britain, France, and Germany combined. By 1880s, a majority of the workforce were engaged in non-farming job and by 1890, two-thirds of the American people worked for wages, rather than owning a farm, craft shop, and any other type of business. There was also the time frame of 1870 to 1920 when almost eleven million Americans made the transition from the farming lifestyle to live in the city. Furthermore, I learned that the population of Brooklyn
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Rockefeller and how he gained his wealth as well. I never knew how much of a role John D. Rockefeller played in American history until reading about him in chapter 16 of this book. All I knew was the last name Rockefeller and the Rockefeller Center in New York, the place where the nation’s Christmas tree is lit. I found out through reading the information in this book that he owed the Standard Oil Company and how he aggressively marketed this product abroad. There was also the emergence of Booker T. Washington, who I found out was born a slave in 1856 and conducted his studies at Hampton Institute, Virginia. I also learned that he later became head of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a center for vocational education that focused on training for a job rather than broad learning. The information gained by reading the chapter gave me a better understanding on the impact these two individuals had on American …show more content…
First, the birth control movement in the nineteenth century came about because of the presence of women in the labor market. During this time period, the rights to birth control became a big issue. It was at the heart of the new feminism movement. Furthermore the right to control one’s body” became an issue as well, which meant a women’s ability to refuse sexual advances, including those of a woman’s own husband. In 1900s[,] the campaign for women’s suffrage moved beyond the most elite membership its membership grew from 13,000 to more than two million by 1917. Listed were some issue which women faced backed then and are some of the same issues which women still face today and an ongoing battle to control one’s self and