America in the 1880s - 1920s
The Pride and Shame
Industrialization: William Jennings Bryan
Here is a Speech William Jennings Bryan made, "Cross of Gold":
Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and
the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring
interests, and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand
for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down
upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify
mankind upon a cross of gold.
The Dawes Act
The Populist Party
Here is a quote from Mary Elizabeth Lease, the daughter of Irish immigrants, was a leader of the Populist Party.
What you farmers need to do is to raise less corn and
more Hell! We want the accursed foreclosure system wiped
out. . . . We will stand by our homes and stay by our fire-
sides by force if necessary, and we will not pay our debts
to the loan-shark companies until the Government pays its
debts to us.
Immigration: Chinese Exclusion Act
The Melting Pot
Urbanization: Social Gospel
The Mass Transit
The Americanization Movement
Progressivism: The Seventeeth Amendment
Here is a quote from Upton Sinclair's novel, "The Jungle".
There would be meat that had tumbled out on the floor, in the
dirt and sawdust, where the workers had tramped and spit
uncounted billions of consumption [tuberculosis] germs. There
would be meat stored in great piles in rooms; . . . and thousands
of rats would race about on it. . . . A man could run his hand over
these piles of meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of
rats. These rats were nuisances, and the packers would put poi-
soned bread out for them; they would die, and then rats, bread,
and meat would go into the hoppers together.
Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act
Imperialism: The US gaining Hawii
Here is a quote from Queen Liliuokalani, proving her harshness and how the United States rightfully took control.
I, Liliuokalani, . . . do hereby solemnly protest against any
and all acts done against myself and the constitutional govern-
ment of the Hawaiian Kingdom. . . . Now, to avoid any collision of
armed forces and perhaps the loss of life, I do under this protest . . .
yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States
shall . . . undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority
which I claim as the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.