Essay on Changes During The Civil War

790 Words Feb 24th, 2016 4 Pages
The time period after the Civil War and the whole way up to the beginning of the twentieth century changed America from a still forming country to a world power. During this transition there are many changes that effect everyone living in the United States, one group particular is effected greatly and that is the immigrants. Some of the changes are growth, industry, and communication/travel. The question is did these changes effect the immigrants in a negative or positive way? After the Civil War America is eager to begin growing and expanding. America is seen as the growing country where immigrants could start a new bright future. The west offered land claims for those who want to work the land and for the adventurous the opportunity of striking it rich with gold and silver. The new expansion to the west made it easier for Asian immigrants to come to the United States because now they only had to cross the Pacific and arrive in California. Some immigrants end up like Thomas O’Donnell because of strikes and loss of jobs Thomas lives off of 133 dollars a year for him and his family (Thomas O’Donnell, Immigrant Thomas O’Donnell Laments the Worker’s Plight, 74-77). Thomas does not have enough money to go west he sometimes doesn’t even eat somedays because he doesn’t have any money (O’Donnell). America is expanding with opportunities and dead ends. These new time period brought along new technology’s that changed industry in ways that were never thought imaginable. Factories…

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