Essay about Analysis Of ' Ragtime ' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1152 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout the Progressive Era in America, the rapid build of industrialism lead to harsher distinctions between immigrant laborers and skilled, specifically, American workers and the continued unjust treatment of African Americans. As millions of people piled into cities, accounting for 42.1 million Americans living in cities by 1910 compared to the less than 20 percent who lived in urban areas in 1860, conditions in both the workplace and at home, worsened for those apart of the lower classes. Technological rises, such as the skyscraper, brought the fall in morale in cities through the flourishment of brothels, slums, pollution, disease, and corruption. Within the novel, Ragtime, the reader is exposed to these mistreatments of immigrants and African Americans through fictional stories that allow for one to connect to the character and understand the injustice they were being subjected to.
Immigrants, mainly coming from Southern and Eastern Europe, came to America looking for success and fortune, and a new life away from the misery of their mother country. Unfortunately for most, living in America meant working for unfair wages in dangerous working conditions, such as in factories, and living in filthy tenements where many died from illness. In the novel, Ragtime, this was thus the case for Tateh’s family, who lived in wretched poverty on the Lower East Side of New York City. Tateh’s wife Mameh, worked sewing pants but due to her miniscule wage, she was forced to…

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