American Society: Proud or Ashamed

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Industrialization: The Bessemer Process

The Bessemer Process allowed for the political bosses and other city officials to run the large industrial cities during this time. It basically was the start of industrialization. I am proud of this because it allowed for greater industries to be designed. This made better technology and new transportation and more work places for employment. My evidence is a picture of the Bessemer Process.
The Bessemer Process, economically, allowed for the cost of steel or steel production to decrease. The high quality of steel dropped by more than 75 percent. Even though steel was cheaper it still was just as durable. This made it better, easier, and safer to use for building big buildings. This is around the time that skyscrapers were popular. I am proud of this because it was a point in time where new advances in steel and products that helped develop buildings all across America. My evidence is a skyscraper made of steel.
This process allowed for more outside business in trading. The more building and offices meant more money and profits. The trading went through the roof during this time, along with more employment because there were high demands. Socially and culturally America became the center of the trading system. I am proud of this because it helped America grow as a country. My evidence is a picture of countries trading with one another.

Immigration: The Chinese Exclusion Act

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 drew particular attention to the issues of the Chinese immigration and civil service reform. The President at the time, James A. Garfield, politically called for restrictions on the former through treaty negotiation with the Chinese government. I am ashamed of this because the U.S. was trying to exclude the Chinese for no reason. My evidence is a picture saying 'the Chinese must go!'
Due to this there were enormous economic gains in the industrial productivity. Thus we created national markets for goods. Therefore more immigrants came which meant more production and more jobs. I am proud of this because of the enormous economical gains that we got in our country. My evidence is a picture of immigrants coming to America.
The latest newcomers greatly affected the social as well as the economic and political landscape. Tremendous growth of the church started American riots and protestants trying to assimilate new immigrant groups and cultures. I am ashamed of this because we allowed too many immigrants into our country and it started destroying our land. My evidence is a picture of a riot.

Urbanization: Rural to Urban Migration

Many of the goods were manufactured, marketed, and transported through a rapidly expanding national network of rail lines and highways. These changes were the direct result of the American Industrial Revolution. I am proud of this because we are creating more goods to be exchanged throughout different countries. My evidence is a picture of rural to urban migration.
Economically, the increasing urbanization of society and the shift of labor from farms to factories and offices. I am proud of this because it was a great change for our American society. My evidence is a picture of factories/offices.
Many of the people that migrate have a hard time adjusting socially and culturally to the new urban way of life. That is why when new immigrants come into an urban life style we try to make it as easy as possible for the adjustment to occur. I am proud of this because it shows how much our society cares about their people. My evidence is a picture of people making the adjustment.

Progressivism: Direct Election of Senators(17th Amendment)

Joseph Bristow from Kansas offered a resolution, proposing a constitutional amendment; the Direct Election of Senators, aka the 17th Amendment. Many senators from different places came on board which helped with the radification of the amendment. I am proud of this because with the passing of this amendment it allows us to elect our own senators. My evidence is a picture of the 17th Amendment.
Over the course of the radification of the amendment, political machines gained control over state legislatures. The political machines took care of the immigrants but treated everyone else very poorly. I am proud and ashamed of this because the political machines were helping people but they were also hurting people. My evidence is a picture of a political machine.

To force senators to be more responsive to the public, progressives pushed for the popular election of senators. This then led to the passing of the 17th amendment allowing for the direct election of senators. I am proud of this because its one step closer to being independent. My evidence is a picture showing the direct election of senators.

Imperialism: The Platt Amendment

The Platt Amendment limited Cuba's independence. The United States was basically running Cuba by placing limits on their sovereignty. I am ashamed of this because there was no good reason for the U.S. to take such severe control over Cuba just for putting naval bases. My evidence is a picture of the U.S. using Cuba as a naval base.
Economically, although the Cuban delegates realized that the amendment limited Cuban sovereignty, the U.S. government promised them a trade treaty that would guarantee Cuban sugar export access to the U.S. markets. I am proud of this because instead of taking away all of Cuba's freedom the American society decided to give some back. My evidence is a picture of Cuban sugar exportation.
With the United States ruling Cuba, the Cubans didn't have any power and weren't allowed to socialize or trade with any other countries. I am ashamed of this because that is where Cuba gets their way of life, by trading especially their sugar cane. My evidence is a picture of one of Cuba's sugar cane plantations.

World War 1: The Treaty of Versaille

The treaty triggered a number of political reactions. The government of the day refused to sign it. The incoming government had no choice but General Ludendorff was accused of stabbing Germany in the back. I am ashamed of this because one of our own had broken a part of a treaty that was signed in agreement to withhold all the decisions. My evidence is a picture of the Treaty of Versaille.
The Treaty of Versaille added to Germany's humiliation. Under the terms of the treaty, Germany had to page huge economic sums in reparations. The reparations led to the Dawes plan of 1924. I am ashamed of this because our country had added more humiliation onto another country when it was not needed. My evidence is of the Treaty of Versaille.
The Treaty of Versaille united the German people together as it provided them with a narrow consecration which was to work hard to rebuttal the conditions brought upon them by the treaty and its hopeful revision which created a bond of nationalism. I am proud of this because the American society was replenishing the German bond. My evidence is a picture of Germany's conditions.