I examined the racial and ethnic tensions during the time of 1870 – 1916. There were substantial changes during these 46 years. These years were not easy, in many ways they were terrible and unjust, but as time went on; we as Americans learned what it meant to be free to provide many freedoms to race’s, ethnicity and sexes.
I am going to start with America’s “Gilded Age” that lasted from 1870 – 1890. This age was very contradictory to what gilded is supposed to mean, this was not an age of gold or beauty. The slogan for the gilded age was “Get rich, dishonestly if we can, honestly if we must,” During the Gilded age the economy and industry resulted in an enormous growth. Unfortunately during the gilded age, there were mainly death, poverty, and the lack of rights for many. The Economy was booming, in New York industry was providing many job as well as many unhappy American citizens, those citizens heard of the west. The west was described as “vast trackless spaces wit mineral rich soil and herds of buffalo”
The west attracted many people. The promise of land and the American idea of owning your own farm after working for such corrupt industries in the each were very enticing. Ex-slaves, whites, Chinese and many other cultures would make route to the west, this is where I believe the worst of the racial and ethical tensions happened. The west was not unoccupied. The west was occupied by the Native Americans. As migrants moved towards the west the Native Americas were had a choice, either give up their land or go to war. Native Americans were forced to move to reservations, they were forced to choose to live with the idea of the white man or not be able to become and America civilian, they had their children taken from them because the government viewed them as teaching their children a “negative” culture. As you can Imagine the Native Americans were not going to give up their history and culture and that resulted many deaths.
The economy in America was booming. Big industries such as the railways, miners and oil were making enormous prohibits. Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Rockefeller were among some of the wealthy that had made a fortune in business knowledge. As these industries raised any poor man (black, white, Chinese, Spanish, Latino, etc…) were being held down. The poor would try to have strikes, only to be met with violence from federal and personal police.
When I read the topic of industrialization and workers, I realized it was all races that were the new “slaves” of industry. I realized the Expansion of Native Americas was the worst or all the discrimination at this time as the Native Americans had their children taken away, their ancestry and history almost erased. The Chinese were a close second in my opinion as they also had no rights as they were not citizens and were discriminated against in may violent acts.
The Chinese had had immigrated to the United States. The...