Digital Flyer 1880-1920

America: Pride and Shame

Industrialzation

Political

The homestead act of 1862 was an act that let Americans put a claim in for 160 acres of public land. This act was part of the civil war and not all states agreed and took part in it. The claims people did have to improve the land though when they took it this means the had to build a house or type of living quarters. We should be proud of this because we wouldn't have these individual land pieces if it wasn't for this but we should also be ashamed because we took away the open range.

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Economic

Bonanza Farms are very large farms in the United States that preform large scale operations mostly wheat. These farms were striving because of the market in the eastern portion of the United States and the types of equipment they had access to. Most of these farms were in North Dakota and there were 341 that were over 1,000 acres the biggest one being the Dalrymple Farm which was 11,000 acres. This era ended quickly though because of the continuous wheat growing and the prices dropped. We should be proud of this because this is what helped us become what we are today in agriculture.

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Social

Barbed wire was used to enclose pieces of land for individual farms. It was a cultural event because it changed the way people did things. We should be proud of this because it changed the way we do things and created the type of agriculture we have today.

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Immagration

Political

Chinese exclusion act is the act that prohibited all Chinese labors from immigrating. This act was put in force because we had to many immigrants and were going into over population. We should be ashamed because they were not the ones causing it and they got blamed.

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Economic

America becomes a melting pot because of us allowing all of these immigrants come to our country. We have people coming from all types of countries and that is what classifies America as a melting pot. We should be ashamed of this because we do have a problem with over population.

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Social

We should be proud of the old immigrants they were the smart ones and helped the country out more then the new immigrants. The old immigrants were literate and skilled and they came over with families. They went into the work force and didn't bring the country down financially wise.

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Urbanization

Political

As people moved into the cities we had a problem with overcrowding. We had cities that were not prepared for this many people and they could not build homes and didn't have that many job openings. We should be proud because people actually had to do the work in cities and more companies would strive, but we should also be ashamed because this was showing that America didn't have enough space for all the people.

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Economic

skyscrapers were one way America dealt with the problem of overcrowding. This allowed more businesses to fit into one spot and more apartments to be in one spot so the prices of houses and other living quarters didn't go up. We should be proud of this because this allowed us to be like we are today and have these businesses that are in those buildings.

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Social

The transcontinental railroad was part of people social and cultural life. This allowed cities to build around the railroad and have easier imports and exports. We should be proud of this because this allows us to get goods and sell goods.

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Progressivism

Political

The women suffrage act was put in place to equal the rights of women. The women actually protested the government to get there way. We should be proud that the women did this because they do a lot in our country now days.

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Economic

Populist party were allied with the labor movement. In result of the populists movement the peoples party rose in the election of 1892. We should be proud of this because it showed us different sides of people.

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Social

Mark Twain wrote the Adventure of Huckleberry Fin. This we should be proud of because we had a writer that wrote major literature in the United States.

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Imperialism

Political

Monroe Doctrine was a U.S foreign policy regarding domination. This was saying that we didn't need Europe to interfere with us. We should be proud of this because this shows that we can do stuff by ourselves.

Economic

Panama Canal made it cheaper and easier for us to transport goods. This helped us trade easier and keep an eye on other countries with war ships. We should be proud of this because we built the panama canal.

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Social

The Puerto Rico island is becoming the U.S territory. This is changed by Puerto Rico having a U.S government. We should be proud of this because we are getting our government out there.

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World War 1

Political

Treaty of Versailles ended the war and was the treaty of peace. It ended the war between Germany and the allied powers. We should be proud of this because we were getting out of the war which helped our economy.

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Economic

Modern Warfare was one thing that hurt and helped our economy. This was the invention of Airplanes, Subs, Machine Guns, and types of gases which allowed people to make money by building them but hurt the economy because the United states had to buy them. We should be ashamed and proud because it hurt our economy but helped out our wars.

Social

U.S entry to WW1 was bringing people into the war and changing how families had to live. This was making it where the husbands and dads went into the war and the moms and kids were at risk of being taken or hurt. We should be proud and ashamed because we helped out other countries but hurt ours.