During this time, progressives saw that the problems with society could be changed with education and a better workplace. They tossed dynamite to sink the boats and pumped oil into the river and tried to set it on fire. This period of time was also called the Progressive Era. It was the Americans who were lazy sods, who sat on their behinds all day whilst the immigrants worked for them. The homeless are still ignored today regardless of the many charities and the project hospitality homes offered. These houses were usually terribly built. B At the turn of the 20th century the government was responsible for the health and safety of immigrant communities.
In contrast, dime novels with urban settings often set their heroes in the midst of the harsh urban environment and the labor difficulties of this period. The rooms were also small, crowded, and the ceiling was constantly dripping water. Nativism Another problem immigrants faced in America was Nativism - a movement that favored native-born Americans and looked down on immigrants. Garfield 1881 ; Chester A. This may have been why there was so many. In their eyes, a melting pot was a society made up of people from many different cultures who would assimilate by giving up native customs, languages, and religions.
Crime was another problem, as it tends to be in large cities. The same goes for modern society. It includes seven encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia America, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science. More importantly, the Dawes Act interfered with the cultures of many tribes, in different ways. They gave 160 acres of lands to Indian chiefs and the rest of the land would be open to whites.
Urban Slums The sudden influx of millions of poor immigrants led to the formation of slums in U. Most Americans in the West disliked the Chinese workers who came to their country. Yet he clearly couldn't stay where he was any longer, and he didn't want to break his word to his father and agree to the treaty that would sell the burial ground. Unallocated reservation lands were declared surplus and sold to whites. Riis was racially insensitive towards the immigrants that he spoke of in his novel.
Blacking Up: The Minstrel Show in Nineteenth-Century America. Protestant Entertainment Debates about the morality of working-class sports venues such as bare-knuckle boxing, as well as efforts to ban liquor and Sunday games in baseball, suggest how entertainment mirrored the tensions then common between America's elites and the working class; these tensions had erupted into violence during the widespread railroad strikes of 1877, as well as at the of 1884 and the subsequent trial that led to the hangings of four of Chicago's labor leaders. When the Japanese government found out that Japanese kids were being segregated from white kids, they protested to U. Spencer wanted laissez-faire capitalism in America, which would mean that the government would have no control over private businesses. In addition, sanitation was an issue as dead horses, sewage, pollution, and other substances accumulated and there was no efficient garbage collection. The issue of illegal immigrants receiving social services is a widely debated issue in modern society. The emergence of a strong central government would be a hallmark of the organizational age as well.
Even when there wasn't fighting, many Indian nations suffered; more people meant fewer resources for everyone. The Act had six specific objectives, including the breakup of tribes as a social unit in favor of and assimilation of Indians into mainstream American society. But, in order to gain prosperity, luck and hard work is needed. Although Cody continued to appear with his troupe, the close logistical and theatrical ties between the circus and Wild West surfaced in 1894, when circus magnate James Bailey purchased and took over management of the Buffalo Bill. There were exceptions, of course, but most of these were literate, white, Protestant Christians from Northern and Western Europe, especially Ireland and Germany, where democratic ideals were germinating. Asians made up the bulk of the U. The government should be able to take care of society and those who will be citizens in the future.
How do your opinions on these matter relate to the Riis and Spencer? In the string of theaters he owned around New York City, he prohibited alcohol and banned low humor. Many sociologists and political theorists turned to Social Darwinism to argue against government programs to aid the poor, as they believed that poverty was the result of natural inferiority, which should be bred out of the human population. Why was the Gilded Age a period of change? They were never able to get good jobs, if they ever got jobs at all, and they lived wherever they could find a home, mainly in tenements. Dealing with discrimination and competition was enough to deal with but having no support or protection by the government was very oppressing. The Knights called for sweeping social and economic reforms, and their numbers rose to 700,000 in 1886. Late in this period, Chinese, Japanese and other trans-Pacific immigrants were processed through Angel Island near San Francisco.
B Consider Riis' arguments for social reform and Herbert Spencer's theory of Social Darwinism. The 'Gilded Age' was a sarcastic and derogatory term coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner to describe the time when many Industrialists acquired wealth and opulent lifestyles through bribery and corruption. DuBois see picture and Booker T. Alcohol was becoming more widely viewed as a social evil that led individuals and families to ruin. These 'old immigrants' of the Gilded Era tended to congregate in tenements.