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The United States becomes an Industrial Giant. APUSH 2011-12. Business leaders built their fortunes by stealing from the public Drained country of natural resources Drove competitors to ruin Paid workers meager wages Forced workers to work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

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Robber baron

Business leaders built their fortunes by stealing from the public

Drained country of natural resources

Drove competitors to ruin

Paid workers meager wages

Forced workers to work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions

Robber Baron


Captains of industry
Captains of Industry public

  • Increased the supply of goods

  • Raised productivity

  • Expanded markets

  • Created jobs, which enabled people to buy more goods and raise their standard of living

  • Established museums, libraries and universities

  • Served the public



By 1900 the usa was a leading industrial power why
By 1900 the USA was a leading industrial power. Why? public

  • Abundant natural resources – coal, iron ore, copper, lead, timber and oil

  • Abundant labor Supply – millions of new immigrants, willing to work cheaply

  • Population growth- created a massive market for goods

  • Capital was good – Money to start up companies was plentiful


More reasons
More reasons public

  • New technologies – over 400,000 new patents were granted from 1860-1890

  • Business friendly government policies

    • Protected private property

    • Subsidized railroads

    • Protective tariffs

    • Very little regulations

  • Entrepreneurs that built and managed vast enterprises


Railroads
Railroads public

  • Had the greatest impact on American society

    • Created a market on a national scale

    • Encouraged mass produced goods

    • Creation of 4 time zones in 1883

    • Encouraged mass consumption of goods

    • Encouraged growth of other industries

      • Coal, steel and cattle

    • Creation of modern stock holder corporations


Railroads started in the east and pushed people west
Railroads started in the east and pushed people west public

  • Began with different gauges (width of tracks) and incompatible equipment

  • Federal land grants – 70 railroad companies received more then 3 x the amount given under the Homestead act

    • RR companies would receive mile square sections and sell the land to new settlers to finance its building


Transcontinental railroads
Transcontinental Railroads public

  • First is completed on May 10, 1869 with the use of 6000 Chinese immigrants – piedmont point Utah

  • By 1900, there were 4 other transcontinental lines


The b and o railroad smells bad
The B and O railroad smells bad public

  • Railroads were overbuilt, and unprofitable

  • Mismanaged

  • Cheap for major shipping companies but would charge small businesses (farmers) extremely high rates

  • Consolidated companies, by 1900 there were 7 major companies

    • Led by men like J.P. Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • Created monopolies


Industrial empires steel
Industrial empires: publicSteel

  • Bessemer process – created high quality steel

  • Abundant iron-ore resources from upper Great Lakes region

  • Andrew Carnegie – poor Scottish immigrant that used Vertical integration



Oil materials to transportation of finished product.

  • First oil drill in the U.S. 1859 in Pennsylvania

  • John D. Rockefeller – started Standard Oil and trust



Anti trust movements
Anti-trust movements Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Fear of unchecked powers and wealth of trusts

    • Sherman Anti-trust Act 1890 – prohibits building of trusts

      • This was not enforced


Laissez faire capitalism hands off
Laissez-Faire Capitalism (hands off) Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Adam Smith – Wealth of Nations= business should not be regulated

  • Social Darwinism – survival of the fittest

  • Gospel of Wealth – wealthy had a responsibility to carry out philanthropy

    • Carnegie gave over $350 million to charity

    • http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=WcaIhchZ1JM&feature=related


Giving it away
Giving it away Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Gospel of Wealth – wealthy had a responsibility to carry out philanthropy

    • Carnegie gave over $350 million to charity

  • Gospel of Wealth – wealthy had a responsibility to carry out philanthropy

    • Carnegie gave over $350 million to charity

    • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rockefellers/maps/index.html#


Major inventions of the 19 th century
Major inventions of the 19 Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companiesth century

  • Communications

    • Telegraph = Samuel Morse 1844

    • Improved transatlantic cable = Cyrus W. Fields 1866

      • By 1900 all continents were linked

    • Telephone = Alexander Graham Bell 1876


Other major inventions
Other major inventions Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Typewriter – 1867

  • Cash register – 1879

  • Calculating machine – 1887

  • Eastman Kodak's Camera – 1888

  • Safety razor and blade - 1895


Greatest invention inventor genius is one percent inspiration ninety nine percent perspiration
Greatest invention/inventor Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."

  • Thomas Edison at Menlo Park in New Jersey

    • First modern research Lab.

    • Work as a team, not as individuals

    • Over 1000 patents

      • Phonograph

      • Incandescent light bulb

      • Dynamo – generating electric power

      • Motion picture camera


Marketing consumer goods
Marketing consumer goods Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • R. H. Macy and Marshall Field created large Department stores in urban centers

  • Frank Woolworth created a nationwide chain

  • Sears, Roebuck and Montgomery Ward created mail-order companies

    • Utilized the new rail system

    • Order anything, catalogs were known as “the wish book”


Industrialization s impact
Industrialization's impact Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Extreme division in wealth

    • Richest 10% controlled 90% of nation’s wealth

    • Often flaunted wealth

      • Massive mansions, yachts, parties

      • Vanderbilt’s had guests hunt for party favors using small silver shovels to look for gems hidden in the sand

      • http://biltmore.com/


More demand more work needs to be done
More demand = more work needs to be done Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Factory system is started

    • Division of labor – increased efficiency because each person has a separate task

      • Dehumanized workers

      • Produced more, products are cheaper

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CReDRHDYhk8


Factory work better then slaves
Factory Work: better then slaves? Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • 10-16 hours a day 6 days a week

  • .75 cents a day or $380 a year

    • Surplus of labor meant someone would work for low wages = supply and demand


  • Unsafe conditions Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

    • Loss of limbs, lives, long term diseases

  • No government assistance.

    • No unemployment

    • No workers compensation

    • No insurance

    • No social security


Life as a child in the mid 1800 s
Life as a child in the mid-1800’s Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Many began work at age 6

  • 1 in 5 children worked

  • 1.75 million children worked

  • textile factories, coal mills, farms, and other factories

  • Worked 10-16 hours

  • .25 cents a day

  • No School

  • Harsh, hazardous and unhealthy conditions


Political cartoons of child labor
Political cartoons of Child Labor Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies


More pictures of child labor
More pictures of child labor Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies


Coal miners 10 13 years old
Coal miners 10-13 years old Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies


Child labor today
Child Labor today Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies


Where did the workers live
Where did the workers live? Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Wealthy moved out of cities and immigrants and poor moved into them

  • Tenements – often windowless rooms, slums, often held 4,000 people in a city block

  • Created dumbbell tenements

    • Crowded

    • Unhealthy

    • Crime ridden

    • Often called Ghettos


Workers of america
Workers of America Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Growing middle class

    • Need for white collared jobs (salaried jobs that were not manual labor)

    • Middle management

    • Increased services needed (doctors, lawyers etc…)


Wage earners
Wage earners Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • 2/3 population worked for wages (usually by the hour)

    • 10-16 hour days

    • 6 days a week

    • Low wages

    • Depended on additional income from women and children

    • In 1890 11 million of the 12.5 million families earned less then $380 a year


Organized labor unions
Organized labor unions Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Unions were slow to start

    • Lockouts – factories would shut down before a labor movement could get started

    • Blacklists – pro-union workers names circulated and could not get hired

    • Yellow – dog contracts – if hired they could not join a union

    • Private guards/state militia – end strikes (usually through violence)

    • Court injunctions against strikes


How did the employers react
How did the Employers react? Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Did not like the unions

  • Forbid union meetings

  • Fired union organizers

  • Forced new workers to sign contracts stating they would not join a union

  • Refused to collective Bargain (negotiate with a group rather then individually)

  • Refused to recognize unions


Unions reactions to employers reactions
Unions reactions to Employers reactions Kerosene, therefore forcing rivals out and buying their companies

  • Strikes – work stoppage working the employer to meet certain demands

    • Often became violent


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