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The Growth Of Government From 1877 Through 1920

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The growth of government from 1877 through 1920 was the worst example of “America the great exception” because every time the government took one step forward toward making America better, it would inevitably take 5 steps backward.
The Transportation Revolution in the 1800s, sparked up industrialization and the building of railroads that stimulated every other industry causing an economic boom known as the Gilded Age. From the outside, America seemed like the place to go to make all your dreams come true. But in reality, in was an era of serious social problems mainly caused by an economy with a free market policy, low tariffs, low taxes, less spending, and a hands-off government. This ...view middle of the document...

Similarly, in the Caribbean, the Spanish were mistreating Cuba; the United States told them to get along. The U.S. did not want to interfere with Spain’s affairs, but yellow journalism along with the blowing up of the USS Maine, propels the United States into a war with the Spanish: America wins within a short amount of time. Out of the victory over Spain, the Platt Amendment declared Cuba to be a free country with the understanding that the U.S. can intervene at any time. Three years later, the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine applies the Platt Amendment to all other Caribbean countries making the United States the most powerful country in the world.
The biggest example of the expansion of government came from World War I. After the U.S. got into WWI, Americans were assuming that immigrants from the enemy countries were spying and giving valuable war information to the enemy. Out of these assumptions came the Espionage and Sedition Acts. The Espionage Act allowed the government to invade people's personal lives in orderto spy on them; the Sedition Act made any critism of American war or the government illegal and punishable by arrest. Not much later, a government ordered roundup -known as the "Palmer Raids"- barged into American societies arresting whoever was suspected of being a radical. An example of this was the conviction and execution of two Italian immigrant...

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