2nd Industrial Revolution

By: Christian Reeves

Work life

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The top image shows work life for the rich in the late 1800's. In that picture Andrew Carnegie is at a desk "working". Andrew Carnegie was the owner of the Carnegie Steel Company and was usually referred to as a robber baron. He was referred to as a "robber baron" because of the way he got his money. He took over all of the steel companys in the united states and started his own. This is referred to as a monolopy. There were many other entrepreuners in this time period that did the same thing as Carnegie. The bottom picture shows work life for the poor. The poor had to work all of the time for long shifts everyday except for on Sunday. Working conditions were very dangerous and they received very low wages. Work life for the rich and the poor was very different.


Lives of Children

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The top picture is showing how the lives of poor children would have been in the late 1800s. These children were usually required to work to help their families. They would do a wide variety of jobs from selling newspapers on the streets to working in dangerous factories. These jobs were very dangerous for young children. They also got very low pay and worked long hard hours. That is why the three boys in the top image look so tired. They probably just got done working all week. However, the bottom picture shows how the lives of the rich children would have been in the late 1800's. They are at school. Unlike the poor kids they had time to attend school. They are also better dressed and seem to not be as tired. Lives of poor and rich children were very different.

Housing

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The top picture is Rockefellers house. He owned the Rockefeller Oil Company. He was a very rich man in his time period. As you can see his house is much larger and nicer looking than the tenant housing in the bottom picture. Tenant homes were like one room apartments. They would have one or more families living in each of them. The living conditions in these homes were very dirty and dangerous.

Leisure Activities

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The top picture shows a man playing golf. This would be an example of what the rich would do in their freetime. Considering they didnt work as much as the poor they had more time to do things that they enjoyed. In the bottom picture is a few poor white men hunting and fishing. They didnt have the extra money to do what the rich people did for leisure so they had to do things like that. Leisure activites for the rich and poor varied.