Opportunities and Obstacles of the Prohibition Period (1920’s)

Opportunities and obstacles of the prohibition period in the 1920’s were plentiful. There was plenty of different things which getting rid of alcohol contributed to and also took away from obviously given the name prohibition (prohibiting). Opportunities of the prohibition period included a multitude of different things. The first thing that comes to mind is less domestic violence. I would not count this as necessarily … Continue reading Opportunities and Obstacles of the Prohibition Period (1920’s)

Prohibition- 1920’s

Prohibition: The action of forbidding something, especially by law. (Oxford University Press, 2019) The 18th Amendment went into effect in 1920. Which made it illegal to sell, manufacture, or transport intoxicating liquors. Even though all except 2 states voted in favor of the 18th Amendment, there were still people who did not agree. This lead to a big disagreement between neighbors, friends, and even family … Continue reading Prohibition- 1920’s

Prohibition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:)

Prohibition in the 1920’s banned the sale, importation, transportation, and production of alcohol. The social movement to ban alcohol in the United States was nothing new; the temperance movement started in the early 1800’s and it stood for the same values as the 18th amendment. As with most things there were distinct groups that supported either side, the individuals that sided with prohibition were nicknamed … Continue reading Prohibition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:)

Pros and Cons Of Prohibition

         In the 1920’s a wave of religious revivalism swept the United States leading to the increased calls for the temperance movement. It was one of the nation’s longest lasting reform movements. Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, sale, importation, and transportation of alcohol which was a result of the 18th Amendment.     The reasoning behind the act of … Continue reading Pros and Cons Of Prohibition

Pros and Cons of The “Moral” Legislation Known As Prohibition

Prohibition on any type of good will have its supporters and opponents. Prohibition in the United States during the 1920s involved the ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcoholic drinks had two main sides known as the “Drys” and the “Wets.” The Drys were in support of the temperance movement where all people did not consume alcoholic beverages. On the opposing side were … Continue reading Pros and Cons of The “Moral” Legislation Known As Prohibition

The Progressive Era and Democratic Paradise

The Progressives’ ideal image of the United States would be a middle-class Utopia where education, heath, safety and security, and economic well being thrived. The progressives were trying to create a more efficient and safe working environment. This included limiting the amount of hours allowed to work and regulation of quality and safety within factories, coal mines, etc. and increasing wages, and improving the overall … Continue reading The Progressive Era and Democratic Paradise

The Progressive Era: A Time of Regulation

In the late 1800 and early 1900s, the Progressive Era began which was a time of making or attempting change in the workplace. People of the middle class, primarily, wanted a new way of looking at things that would improve the lives of everyone. This era was sparked by Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that left women trapped in a factory and forced to jump to … Continue reading The Progressive Era: A Time of Regulation

The Progressive Era… “Not the insurance company”

To better understand what the Progressive Era was all about it is a very good idea to know what progressivism is. “Progressivism is a broad term used to describe a shared philosophical approach rather than a formally organized movement, provided an answer to this threat.” (Keene, pg. 537) These problems were the main focus of the Progressives who wanted rights for all workers, including the … Continue reading The Progressive Era… “Not the insurance company”

Progressives and Government Intervention

The 20th century Progressives were a very diverse group of reformers that were concerned with a changing society. These reformers consisted mainly of middle-class women whom today would be considered the lower-upper class. They were concerned with industrialism and sought to rid the government of corruption.  Progressives wanted to Americanize, they wanted to take the new immigrants and eradicate the differences they brought. These reformers … Continue reading Progressives and Government Intervention

Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222

Topic: Thinking about the diverse group of reformers that historians call the “Progressives,” discuss the following questions.  What were the Progressives attempting to accomplish through regulation?  Should the government set hours laws, regulate safety, prohibit child labor, set a minimum wage, and institute other work laws? Continue reading Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222

Politics at the Turn of the Century

Consider politics at the turn of the century.  More than half the population was still disenfranchised.  With women not having the vote and African Americans discriminated against, how do you think the political process worked?  Do you think that politics were considered an arena for the rich only?  How did women, minorities, and working men impact the political process? Politics at the turn of the … Continue reading Politics at the Turn of the Century

Political Turmoil

Politics in the Gilded Age At the turn of the 19th century, Americans celebrated the onset of the urban age. It was a time when steel, a product which greatly influenced the industrial revolution helped make designing the world’s largest suspension bridge possible. The Brooklyn Bridge symbolized rapid urban growth, and masked problems that came along with it. The Gilded Age reflected the notion that … Continue reading Political Turmoil

Blog #2

Toward the end of the 19th century, the number of Americans who utilized their right to vote was much higher than the previous years, jumping from 50-60% in the early/mid-1800s to almost 80% between 1876 and 1896 (17.4.1 Out of Touch Politics). However, the political process was still inefficient and partial. The two main political parties (Democratic and Republican) split the governmental power evenly between … Continue reading Blog #2

Blog #2: Politics

In the late 1800s the US political process was complicated and often corrupted. The rise of cities led to Political Machines that often controlled parts of cities. As of the 1820s there was universal white man suffrage meaning all white men could vote, even working class men. However the working class still struggled to be heard in American politics. The People’s Part was established by … Continue reading Blog #2: Politics

The Political World: wealthy vs. everyone else

At the turn of the century, cities were on the rise. Since manufacturing and mechanized agriculture eliminated the need for human labor, many men and women seeked job opportunities in the city. Even African Americans migrated to northern cities in hope to escape the poverty, racism, and violence of Jim Crow Laws in the South. With cities came crime, poverty, overcrowding, and disease. City political … Continue reading The Political World: wealthy vs. everyone else

Week 2 Politics

The political process at the turn of the century was extremely one-sided. Women did not have votes, the African-American community had no votes, this led to the only votes coming from white men, who usually were more towards the wealthy side compared to the rest of society. This meant that predominantly rich white men were the ones making the decisions, and rich white men were … Continue reading Week 2 Politics

Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222

Topic: Consider politics at the turn of the century.  More than half the population was still disenfranchised.  With women not having the vote and African Americans discriminated against, how do you think the political process worked?  Do you think that politics were considered an arena for the rich only?  How did women, minorities, and working men impact the political process? Continue reading Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222

Where did it start?

Throughout the industrial age, workers were treated badly while employers ruled courts and legislatures. The Industrial Revolution was a time period where we learned a lot about manufacturing processes and how to improve them. The huge amount of raw material and the increasing workforce allowed for the industrial revolution to make such a prospering America. The increased development and manufacturing of new ideas also helped … Continue reading Where did it start?

Industries & Unions

Industrialism; Similar to many things it had positive and negative effects. For example, the big factories could give many men, women, and children jobs with no past experience needed. On the downside, most industries, and factories were so focused on the profits, owners lost sight of what was important. The CEO’s didn’t care about their workers. Which lead to harsh and even dangerous working conditions, … Continue reading Industries & Unions

Industrialism Vs. Workers

Industrialism has created a whirlwind of positive and negative outcomes. Many people saw this as an opportunity to grow as a country while others believed it ran us into the ground and is continuing to pollute our lives, literally. When the industrial revolution came along many workers were supplied jobs. Although it was great news for them, they worked at low wages and working over … Continue reading Industrialism Vs. Workers

The Formation of American Industry

The Formation of American Industry Workers from U.S. Steel company going on strike in 1919.             During the late 1800s, the American Industrial Revolution began to erupt. Population, factories, the number of workers, patents, and even the Gross National Product all increased by at least 150% by the 1900s (Visions of America, 16.1.1). Big names and inventions, Alexander Graham Bell developing the telephone and Thomas … Continue reading The Formation of American Industry

Blog Topic #1 for HIS 222 INET

This week we are going to discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on workers during the Gilded Age (late 1800s).  Employers ruled and the courts and legislatures generally sided with employers.  Workers had little to no protection.  How did industrialism affect workers?  Why did employers find unions so objectionable, even dangerous?  What benefits did workers see in unions? Continue reading Blog Topic #1 for HIS 222 INET

U.S. History Blog Posts

In our U.S. history class, different students will blog weekly in response to the material we covered, as well as questions that I (Professor Amy French) posed to them. Everyone in the class is responsible for commenting. Each week, I will post the blog topic for all our readers to see. –Dr. Amy French Continue reading U.S. History Blog Posts