“Change is about what you perceive is there” –Niels Eichhorn. Change is the key word here. At the beginning of this year Mr. Niels said, “we chose to study things in history that actually matter”. Everything we have covered in our class this semester has been about the change in Reconstruction, Gilded age, progressive era, as well as all of the events surrounding thus all inspired for the desire for change. Every subject we have covered bites into the change in leadership or status with country’s affecting the economy as well as America’s mindset. Some things in history change for the better and some for the worse. Decisions/changes of our leadership and who we surround ourselves with caused what we have today.
The era of reconstruction is so revealing because it honestly shows outstanding evidence of how selfish everyone is and how majority of the time there is a lust for power and for feeling superior to other races, this is a common trait of this world, especially America! This was something that has not changed at all. This era is not something that America should be proud. Throughout every era there has always been racial discrimination. The people of the United State Of America have always had a tendency to just jump into a bandwagon and base their opinions on a subject upon someone else’s opinion. (Sound familiar?) That’s the way I kind of think of the racism because no one is born with hate. Through out reconstruction racism is absolutely everywhere.
As for the gilded age is most certainly my favorite topic we have discussed. So many changes took place at this time that revolutionized the future of America. I think the most important subject we covered is Chicago. When I hear the word change I intently think Chicago. Chicago used the grain elevator to revolutionize the production of sales. Not only did it revolutionize sales, but it also brought Chicago up a level in the economic standings. Chicago used the railroads to move products; and by using the railroad gave the ability to make transportation more efficient. You have to really sit here and compare and contrast what all of these changes would have looked like to the average farmer. Such as the farmer not seeing his own grain anymore but receiving a grade and receipt. Changes affect everyone. This era also included meat packaging! Now this is some freaking gross stuff, and it never ceases to amaze me about the meat packaging businesses nasty and unhealthy environment. (This is ultimately what led me to becoming a vegetarian). The thought of a pig eating another pig could be translated to disease, and then we would be eating a sick pig! There where unhealthy environments for our food but also the dangerous work environment for workers; and when an employee got hurt, the company cower out and not taking any kind of action. Not right for the workers to be held responsibly for the trash working conditions that they provided. However this obviously this changes in the years to come.