Industrialization After the Civil War Essay

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Assignment 1.2: Industrialization after the Civil War Final Paper
Belinda Scott
History 105: Spring 2014
Prof. Michael Smith

Industrialization after the Civil War

After the Civil War the United States became a much more industrialized society. Between 1865 in 1920 industrialization and proved American life in many ways. However industrialization also created problems for American society. This paper will introduce my previously crafted thesis statement where I stated my opinion on how industrialization after the Civil War influenced US society, economy, and politics. This paper will also identify three major aspect of the industrialization
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