Poverty In The Civil War

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This course began with many American states in ruins as a result of the Civil War, fiscal irresponsibility, etc. Within less than a generation, the nation saw unheard of prosperity and affluence. Yet, it could be argued that America’s prosperity was built upon the inequality of wealth, the exploitation of its citizens, and governmental policies that benefited the wealthy rather than the average citizen. Using primary sources, support or contradict this argument making sure to address individuals, groups, and institutions between 1865 and 1915.
The civil war itself saw many controversies and events throughout itself that the Civil War is called a most pivotal event in history. 1865 and 1915 was a large timeframe to be exact fifty years; for
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Along the way they had managed to keep families together while tagging along in their travels a large amount of disease also came with them with the same clothes on their back that they wore on their extended travel. Many of them came with next to nothing to own and came over for themselves to make a better life. ”Between 1870 and 1920, over twenty-five million immigrants arrived in the United States. This migration was largely a continuation of a process begun before the Civil War, though, by the turn of the twentieth century” (yawp).
Poverty definitely left many parts of the country all about in the north, east, south and western parts of America in poverty due to the Civil war. Poverty was a sign of the times also because the country nearly depleted itself in various resources while trying to fight the war. Poverty was almost a way of life for many, however many families managed to push through with finding work and or just getting
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Horses and boats were also used to transport items and people to and from various locations. One larger city inside America was Chicago. After the great Chicago fire in 1871, the city had rebuilt itself into major industry, growth and American Labor. British author Rudyard Kipling called Chicago “blinded by greed” (yawp). On the flip side of the coin that is not far off from today’s twenty-first century Chicago. Greed can either work for you or against you however as he described people just walk on by not giving a care in the world. Kipling also stated specifically about Chicago being to the west as “the evolution of American immigration, the transformation of American labor, the further making of a mass culture, the creation of great concentrated wealth, the growth of vast city

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