American Society Shame and Pride
By McKenna Dunk
William Jennings Bryan
Problems of Farmers
Farmers believed that their economic problems resulted from the low prices which they received for their produce. The price of agricultural produce did fall drastically during the closing decades of the 19th century. Most of the time farmers received even less for their produce. What was believed to be the primary cause of their problem was overproduction caused by increases in acreage of farm land.
Mining Farming and Ranching
A gold strike west of the little town of Denver, threw open the gates to the American interior starting mining all over. The dry climate greatly reduced the land's productivity, and farmers practiced water conservation techniques called dry farming which included planting crops that do not require a great deal of water. Farmers welcomed any machines that would save time and effort, improvements in farm implements multiplied.
Immigrants faced challenges in being easily accepted by those already in the states owing perceived cultural and religious differences. Discrimination against Roman Catholics in the U.S. began in the Colonial era, when there were few Catholics. The American Protective Association was founded to promote anti-Catholicism.
Most infamous political boss of the Gilded Age was Boss Tweed in NYC. He was exposed in press by Nast and costed NYC over $200 million then went to jail. In the late 1800s true democracy was hard to find in the cities. Politics was typically dominated by a party and along with integrity, were hard to find in political leaders of that day.
Pure Food & Drug Act
The new imperialists set up the administration of the native areas for the benefit of the colonial power. European nations pursued an aggressive expansion policy that was motivated by economic needs that were created by the Industrial Revolution. Between
1870 and 1914, Europe went through a “Second Industrial Revolution,” which quickened the pace of change as science, technology, and industry spurred economic growth.