Post Civil War Businesses Influenced Politics and the Economy in America

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After the civil war, businesses began to become big, they grew significantly in size, number and mostly in influence. Different corporations and businesses grew so much that they had a big effect and so much power and control in America. the businesses began to influence the people of america, the politics and the economy in america. As these companies and businesses grew, some became really powerful which was a good and bad thing. In post-Civil War United States, big businesses and corporations grew with both positive and negative impacts on politics, the economy and the responses of Americans. Corporations growing was beneficial to the economy, mainly because of the costs of different things. Indexed prices between 1870-1899 are shown in…show more content…
After the civil war, businesses began to become big, they grew significantly in size, number and mostly in influence. Different corporations and businesses grew so much that they had a big effect and so much power and control in America. the businesses began to influence the people of america, the politics and the economy in america. As these companies and businesses grew, some became really powerful which was a good and bad thing. In post-Civil War United States, big businesses and corporations grew with both positive and negative impacts on politics, the economy and the responses of Americans. Corporations growing was beneficial to the economy, mainly because of the costs of different things. Indexed prices between 1870-1899 are shown in Document A. The document shows the food prices and fuel and lighting prices declined a lot. It also shows how the cost of living declined only a little not as much as the food, fuel and lighting prices. Different mining and lighting technologies led to fuel and lighting prices being reduced. Mass production in general led to cost of living prices being reduced. There was improved agricultural technology which led to food prices being reduced (as shown in Document A). The prices falling for local agricultural products worried local farmers as there wouldn’t be profit for them while there’s mass production and technology advancements. Post-civil war america was controlled by big corporations of people like Rockefeller and Carnegie. Some of

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