Us History in American Life from 1865-1900 and Its Changes

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There were a few major reasons why American life changed so dematicly from 1865-1900. First in 1865 the country was basically an agricultural society but by 1900 the country had moved to an industrial nation. Second the need for workers leads people away from the farms and rural areas to the cities. A large reason for urbanization was the wave of immigration into the country. These three reasons all changed the country and how it operated during this time period.

The country began to change dramatically around 1865 it was moving from being an agricultural society to an industrial one. With the railroad being built connecting the east to the west the country was opening up and new opportunities were available that were not just a few years before. Industrial giants began to emerge and they needed workers to run these new enterprises. This brought people to the cities and away from the farms and rural areas. This meant that there was less farming and more manufacturing. The country was now becoming and industrialized nation.

Becoming an industrialized nation also meant that the landscape of the country was changing. The city’s contained the factories and the factories contained the jobs so the population in these cities began to swell. The population from 1850 to 1900 had tripled and people moved to where the jobs were. Americans have always moved to where the jobs are and that’s what they did. In the cities we began to see high rises, apartments, houses, merchant stores the growth was fast and furious. The more people that came meant more money into the area and more expansion which lead to districts. The districts were segregated by race, ethnicity and class. These districts also provided it inhabitants with a sense of community. The rise of mass transit made it easier to commute to the city for work. Besides jobs cities offered certain comforts such as “entertainment, amenities such as electricity, indoor plumbing, and telephones” (curiehs) that were not...