Discrimination And Stratification During The Nineteenth Century

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In the nineteenth century America was flourishing; it was coasting on new inventions and ideas like the cotton gin, steam engine and manifest destiny. However, through this all, the balance of social and economical order was being weighed in favor of the wealthy and powerful. All American societies dating way back to the very first at Jamestown and Plymouth, have had social stratifications. As the population has grown in America, and the capacity for industry and wealth increased, the stratification has only become more staggering. There is a natural tendency for dominance, power, and greed amongst millions of Americans. This is tendency is prevalent going all the way back to the nineteenth century. This said tendency for dominance and power, is a prime factor of discrimination and stratification. In the nineteenth century, as the wealthy grew wealthier, and the poor grew poorer, there was a great overlying debate over the social class and economic differences and their justification. Some defended this difference in social and economic standing. These included social darwinists, slave owners, and the richest of monopolizers. Others, like abolitionists and social reform groups, challenged this idea of a staggering social and economic order. Each faction gathered used a whole array of ideas to prove their points. In the nineteenth century, many Americans challenged the stratification of the economic and social order using moral, scientific, and philosophical ideas,…
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