Digital Times 1880-1920
By: Bailey Collins
economic: Machines replaced people; technology advances to produce more goods. America is beginning to make working easier for the people.
social: As industrialization grew, so did the population in cities. There was overcrowding, lack of housing, poor sanitary conditions, and disease spreading. The Indians who accepted the Dawes Act and lived separately from their tribe were granted United States citizenship.
economic: Immigrants came to America in search of new work, a better environment for living, or to escape from their government. The Irish moved to America because of the potato famine in Ireland. But most Immigrants came to find better job opportunities in order to support their families.
social: They would have to learn how to live in a new environment. They changed their life style to fit into the city and new country. Some were pulled to American by contract agreements offered by recruiting agents.
economic :Urbanization expanded rapidly, causing food shortages, overcrowding, lack of shelter, and increase in poverty. Families from the country moved from rural areas to urban cities to find work that would provide more for their families.
social: They had to learn modern values and change their life style to fit in the city. This was a big change for families who had worked on farms for generations to convert to the life style of urban people.
economic: The goal was to improve the human condition through government-based economic central planning. Another major event was the social gospel movement, where protestant ministers began to tie salvation and good work together.
social: Progressivism started out as a social movement but grew to a political movement. Progressives believed that the problems society faced should be fixed by providing good education, a safe environment, and an efficient workplace.
economic: In 1903, Panama became its own country. Panamas' ambassador to the United States, Philippe Bunau-Varilla, signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, granting the United States permission to build the Panama canal.
social: During world war 1, President Woodrow Wilson promised American neutrality throughout the war, however this promise was broken when the US entered the war after the Zimmerman telegraph.
World War 1
political: Militarism- caused the arms race leading to new military technologies and increased military spending.
Nationalism- a significant cause of world war 1. Gave citizens excessive confidence in their nation, their government, and military strength. It convinced people that their nation was being threatened by the imperialism of other nations.
economic: Government wanted the women to grow food for the soldiers and to fast with some foods to save up for the soldiers.
social: league of nations- an intergovernmental organization founded as a result of the Paris peace conference that ended the first world war.