American Exceptionalism And The American Dream

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Register to read the introduction… Theories such as Social Darwinism, Gospel of Wealth and Adam Smith's "invisible hand" attempted to justify the lack of government interference. After much conflict, and the staunch political support of many labor unions, the government's hand was forced and these conflicting interests fueled bitter debate and governmental intervention. American exceptionalism caused the industrialization of America and the rise of immoral, exploitative big businesses, consequently inciting class conflicts and the advancement of labor unions. American exceptionalism provoked the industrialization of America by setting the standard for U.S. business owners and laborers. With passing years, many innovative men sought to achieve the American Dream at a level no other had accomplished before. American exceptionalism was simply a side effect of the American Dream. The overall growth of American business was fueled by the abundance of natural resources and land in America. Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. …show more content…
Blacks were commonly discriminated against in the workplace, being segregated from white men and paid less than white women, who were already paid less than white men. Several recognized this problem and sought to fix it. In a letter of grievances to a cotton mill owner, a group of white women wage-workers wrote: "The efforts of the Fulton mill owners to force the white women and girls employed there to work with the negro women who were placed among them is a deliberate attempt to eliminate the white wage-slaves from this avocation and substitute black wage-slaves because they will work cheaper, although the white wage-slaves do not live but simply exist." The women were somewhat insulted that they were to work with the blacks, but were hypocritically opposed to the wage slavery of the blacks and their replacement by the cheaper wage-workers. Even the labor unions were opposed to equality, Peter Rachleff answered when asked about the Assembly 49 incident in which several union members went with one of the blacks in the union to a show, "Personally, I have nothing but kindly feelings for the colored people. I wish them prosperity and success, and I will befriend them in any just claims they may have; but when the plea is put in for social equality, the line of demarcation is clearly and distinctly drawn, so far as I am concerned." This also suggests the spillover

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