Throughout our history, we have been a nation of change. This change intensely manifests itself during 1865-1935. During this period, the United States experienced Reconstruction, the rise of industrialization, a massive influx of immigrants, territorial expansion, and technological and infrastructure development. In addition to all of these changes, the government began to expand its power over citizens in an unprecedented manner, implementing an incredible amount of government programs, particularly as a part of FDR's New Deal. Much of this expansion was made possible through the new immigrants and newly found natural resources.
[...] In the early 1920s, Northerners vacationing in the newfound Florida decided to snap up land as it was seemingly a goldmine. Property values skyrocketed from $20,000 to $50,000 to $75,000 quickly. In the fall of 1926, however, the bubble popped when a hurricane ripped through Florida. By 1928, property which was previously valued at billion only three years prior had fallen to less than 1/5 of its previous worth, sinking to $143 million. Similarly, the stock market had a tremendous upsurge throughout the 1920s. [...]
[...] Not only did this shape the American economy in a way never before seen, but it created millions of jobs along each step of the way. Industrialization became the norm, paving the way for mining, refining, transport, and various other jobs associated with the extraction and consumption of natural resources. From 1865 to 1915 or so, the United States rose to be the world leader in industrial development, expanding all facets of industry to provide and refine the production process. [...]
[...] With the United States now a global superpower, we decided to step in; a bold move which represented an enormous change in our isolationist policies prior to 1914. The war lasted until 1919 and had long lasting effects, such as the creation of the Soviet Union and the rise of the Nazi party, which later would directly affect the United States. As the decade came to a close, the economy recovered rather quickly and society felt quite a few changes reflecting our experience from the war. [...]
[...] This brought some of the bitterest social conflicts ever seen, prompting the need for an abrupt change in the way social problems are dealt with. Economically, this time represented the most change of any 50 year period ever before. With urbanization and industrialization, new ideas began to take shape, such as organized labor. Newly formed labor unions were standardizing their industries while also increasing the working conditions, wages, and overall job satisfaction for its members. However, this meant not only a loss in profit for the companies, but forced changes due to strikes, etc. [...]
[...] puts it, the United States, during the 20s was “fissuring and crumbling like some of the great empires of ancient times - a glittering surface covering deep fissures." I feel that the topic of societal change also reflects the fact that this time period shows much stronger tendencies towards change than to continuity. Throughout our history, the United States has, for the most part, thrived off immigration. It is how we got here and is how our nation has come to be the most economically, politically, and militarily powerful country on Earth. [...]
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