Industrialization After the Civil War

694 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 3 Pages
Industrialization after the Civil War influenced U.S society, economy, and politics in many ways. Industrialization after the Civil War made the way of living more convenient for people but it was a time were the government was corrupted. One major aspect of industrialization was the railroads and steel. According to how stuff works “railroads were used to transport food and goods, and they also shaped the growth of some cities and brought economic prosperity to some. Railroads were also used as a cheaper method to transport goods. Before the railroads, transporting goods took much longer because people relied on horses and wagons. Relying on wagons and horses took weeks or months opposed to a few days with the railroad. The railroads …show more content…
Due to this, land was taken away from Native Americans. Immigrants were affected by industrialization because with all of the new factory and railroad jobs they were needed. The immigrants were paid very low wages so immigration was encouraged by businesses. The immigrant population also rapidly grew during this time. Industrialization had both negative and positive effects on women. On the positive side this period allowed women to become more and independent and did away with the stay at home wife. On the negative side women worked in factories that had unsafe working conditions and lower pay than men.
Industrialization affected the life of an average working American in many ways. Industrialization changed the way people worked. People who used to work from home as their own boss began to work for someone else. They had more restrictions with work because someone was in charge, and they had to work long hours. They had to deal with horrible working conditions and poor pay, there living conditions weren’t that much better. Industrialization did have some positive effects on the average American though. The standard of living was changed. Consumer goods became more affordable which allowed household to have more material goods. Lastly industrialization changed the location for the average American. Most Americans lived in rural areas and small towns. After industrialization they moved to cities which were much larger and not close knit.
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