The Reconstruction Era


After the reconstruction era, the United States began to transform into an industrial nation.   Between 1865 a 1900 there was a rapid change from agriculture to an industrial. There were many revolutions that occurred that allowed the U.S to industrialize. The U.S had many natural resources and a huge group of employer for the factories and mines. Though there were benefits, they were outnumbered by the societal effects.

The United States contained a vast amount of natural resources that industry depended on in the 1800s. That included water copper tin coal iron and copper. This meant that the American companies did not have to trade or import them from other countries and could obtain them cheaply. The construction of the railroad helped to accelrate industrialiation. The railroads assisted in carrying back the resources from mountains of the American west to factories, over the years the miles of railroads increased making it easier to gain more access to natural resources needed.

The workforce during the industrialization process benefited the rapid growth of industrialization.   Millions of Americans left their farms to work in factories and mines. Also, there was a flood of immigrants coming into American due to the open door policy and the population almost tripled in size. This provided industry with a large workforce and created a greater demand for the consumer goods that factories produced.   Factories had the help they needed to increases their production and furthering demand for industrial products.

Tough there were many benefits of industrialism, the effects that it had on society outweighed them. The government was laissez faire and had no regulations.   Children had to work in factories that were toxic and unsafe. They worked for long hours and received a low pay in return. Older slower workers got paid less for the same number of hours   as everyone else. They were forced to lifestyle that they didn’t want.