Digital Times 1880-1920

By: Anna Watson

Industrialization

Political

The Dawes Act pushed out the Native American's for money to create cities, and in return , the natives were sent to reservations. This act forced natives to behave and dress like Americans. They were given white names and were forced to attend schools to learn how to speak English. This was important because the American people wanted to expand and create more cities. I am not proud of this because it shows how controlling we were over people and land and was't fair for the natives because they had the land first.

Economic

The creation of steam trains made ways to transport goods from place to place. This was important because it made it easier and faster to get items to places without problems. I am proud of this because it made things easier when it came to transporting goods and materials around.

Social / Cultural

Iron and textile industries improved transportation, communication, and goods. This was important because it provided a way to make the trains and railroads to transport the goods. I am proud of this because it created a new age in manufacturing products.

Immigration

Political

The Immigration Act of 1882 was passed to charge all immigrants 50 cents each for traveling to America. This was important because it controlled how many immigrants that could come and go to America. I am proud of this because it kept out the bad and brought in the good.

Economic

Most working immigrants lived in cramp tenements and cheap housing. This was important because it showed how unfair the American were in the 18th and 19th century. I am not proud of this because we were unfair to the immigrants who wanted to start a new life in the U.S. and couldn't pursue their dreams.

Social / Cultural

Every immigrant would be inspected for disease and deformity before leaving the ports. If the immigrant did not pass inspections, they would be labeled as a convict, lunatic, idiot or unable to take care of themselves. These people would not be able to leave the ships and would be sent back to there home land. This was important because it prevented any disease from coming in and whipping out a large population. I am proud of this because it prevented most diseases from entering the United States.
Sanitation, Disease and Death in the 1800s

Urbanization

Political

Americans took away housing and jobs from immigrants in exchange for their votes. This was important because America needed more votes more than anything. I am not proud of this because I feel like it was very selfish of us to take away housing and other necessities away from immigrants just for a simple vote.

Economic

The more immigrants that moved to America, the less available jobs would be. This is important because with more job opportunities came more responsibility in the city, such as maintaining the health and living space. I am not proud of this because I feel like we could have managed the growing population a little bit better.
Urbanization in America

Social / Cultural

With more people migrating, resources and health plummeted so the average death rate was higher. This was important because it proved that sanitation was not very good and could have been worked on to prevent these diseases. I am not proud of this because the cities could have been regulated a little bit better rather than being totally out of control.

Progressivism

Political

The 18th amendment was passed to declare the production, transport, and sale of alcohol illegal. This was important because people were probably getting drunk and harming others so by creating this amendment, it helped to control this. I am proud of this because it regulated the consumption of alcohol.

Economic

The use of alcohol was looked down upon and Maine even adopted a state law that stopped people from buying and selling alcoholic beverages in 1847. This was important because it stopped most crimes. I am proud of this because it helped control alcohol intake.

Social / Cultural

In 1869, a women christian temperance was founded in hopes to illuminate the consumption of alcohol. This was important because it was an attempt to enforce prohibition. I am not proud of this because I feel like it was a bit too harsh on people to make them quit drinking.

Imperialism

Political

In the 18th and 19th century, empires wanted territories to insure access to their military future use. This was important because it made a way to get military faster and easier. I am proud of this because it was a smart way to strategize their military.

Economic

They also wanted to expand to boost their nation pride. An area was able to operate as its own nation but their trade and other business was still controlled. This is important because it increases more people to be on their nations side. I am proud of this because it promotes patriotism.

Social / Cultural

Dominating countries tried to change customs, religions, and languages. I am not proud of this because I feel like all land and people should be equal and we could have probably stayed out of most of those wars if we would have stayed out of it.

World War 1

Political

America wanted to stay out of war by staying neutral and not get into the war until Britain did because they were their closest trading partners. This was important because if America wouldn't have gotten involved, we wouldn't be trading partners with Britain. I am proud that we managed to win the war and be where we are today.

Economic

During World War 1, manufacturing was a great time to buy and sell stuff for money. This was important because prices went up during the war. I am proud because it made the manufacturers more money to make more goods.

Social / Cultural

People also rationed goods and materials that could be bought or sold during this time period. This was important because it helped control the amount of food being consumed by the population. I am proud of this because it was a smart way of thinking considering they were dealing with hard times.