The Growth of the United States . Rural Republic to Urban State 1860 - 1900. Main Ideas. The Growth of Industry and the Economy Labor Movements Urban Growth and Immigration Changes in American Life The West Changes in Politics.
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Rural Republic to Urban State
1860 - 1900
Charles Darwin’s theories applied to capitalism
The strongest and wealthiest would survive, the poor were disregarded
Gospel of Wealth
To some, religion was more convincing
application of Protestant work ethic
Also believed that the wealthy had a responsibility to be philanthropic to benefit society
“God gave me my wealth”
J.D. RockefellerLaissez-Faire Economic Theories
Bought and controlled the competition under a single corporation