Class Stratification In The Gilded Age By Mark Twain And Charles Baldwin

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Race, Class, Gender, and Place as Factors for Perpetuated Division
In the early 19th century, the industrial revolution in America began. Accordingly, industrial revolution referred to the shift from hand and home production of products to the use of factories and machines. During these times, there were many job openings. Correspondingly, many people irrespective of their race were working in different areas in the factories. In particular, white men, who were below the middle-class level, were given jobs that they could earn a wage or salary. Conversely, black men continued to operate as slaves. Notably, the term “wage slavery” was used to describe what the white men were doing.
However, at the end of the day, both groups were slaving to
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Moreover, there was the development of railroads and telephone lines. People also amassed a lot of wealth. Correspondingly, corruption was rife in the economy. In fact, the nation’s political state was filled with dishonest people. At this point, Americans had an active and exciting political culture. However, the industrial workers struggled to survive. Besides, their wages were low and they experienced poor working conditions (Twain and Charles 13).
Additionally, during this period, the labor movements intensified as various organizations joined to ensure that people in power reviewed or evaluated the conditions of employees’ working conditions. During this time, the stratification of classes was evident, whereby a few Americans acquired wealth; others secured good jobs while there were also those who struggled as farmers and artisans. Over time, the main difference between these groups that existed was
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Eventually, it led to the development of racism in America’s history in the following years. Essentially, whether a white person belonged to the upper, middle, or lower level of the society, some divisions were created to emphasize that they could never be like the blacks. At all times, they were the bosses; they remained superior. For this reason, they did not view black people as citizens or civilians for that matter. Indeed, this separation of these two races is what drove the rift until date, where racism is still being held in different parts of the

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