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19th-20th Century

Before the 19th century poeple had bee using telegraphs, walking or riding horses to get places. It wasn't until the 20th century, when poeple such as, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell stepped up and invented things that would change the world to this day. They invented machines and objects like, the telegraph, airplane, lightbulb, and the car. Without these inventions, people to this day would have a much different lifestlye. Also, even though they have been invented, these major things have been and are being inovated to this day, making communication, transportation, and simply life at home more enjoyable.

"The Shift"








In the 1870's through the 1920's, America had a corrupt republic. A person nammed Boss Tweed was the corrupt leader of Tammany Hall and a big part in this. He used his political power for his own personal gain. This is called "graft". The shift was when people called progressives helped put the power back into the citizens' hands by doing 3 things; Initiative, referendum, and recall. If these 3 things weren't brought upon, then today, we would still have a corrupt government that rules complete power over citizens.

Throughout the 19th and 20th century, America was going through a very important time economically. There was unrestrained capitalism which was making America basically an unfair country. There was the rich and there was the poor. Unrestrained capitalism is purely based off profit and competition. This was causing monopolies in the U.S and the government barely interferred until Teddy Rosevelt stepped in with his square deal and progressives. He was cleaning up capitalism by passing laws and acts like the Pure Drugs and Foods act and the Meat Inspection act. Overall Teddy Rosevelt cleaned up unrestrained capitalism and made capitalism what it is today.

In the late 1800's early 1900's, there was a conflict between modernism and fundamentalism. Modernism is the trend that focuses on the science side of the world's beginning. Fundamentalism on the other hand is the opposite, it emphasizes religion and nothing besides creation. Teaching nothing besides creation is now illegal. This ties in with how important this shift has been. To this day, people believe in strictly fundamentalism and there would be a big conflict still going on.

In the 19th century, people believed in God's plan for us to expand east to west. This was called Manifest Destiny. The frontier moved across America until 1890 it closed. The shift to the 20th century evolved around "Imperialism". This showed how instead of founding land in America, we were going outside the boarders to conquer new land. This is such a significance to our history because if we had never expanded outside the main land and discovered new land such as Alaska and Hawaii, we wouldn't have the diverse country we have today.

In the 19th century, woman had very little rights. This was called the "Cult of Domesticity", which limited womans lives to basically stay at home and take care of the family. As the 2-th century came, woman such as Margaret Sangar, and Alice Paul opened up to society pushing for womans's rights. The 19th amendment was soon passed which was the right for woman to vote. It was the cumulation of woman's sufferage in the United States. The history of womans rights is sucb a significance to even present day. The shift from the 19th to 20th century has gave woman more choice in their life instead of being that stay at home and take care of the children wife.

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