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Ruben FazFaz 1
Mr. Springer
U.S. History
2-14-13
DBQ Essay
“Give me liberty or give me death”, stated Patrick Henry. Exactly the same feeling workers felt who were willing to fight for their liberty and freedom between the years of 1870 to 1900, and during this time period the United States was going through both political and economic changes that led to movements and organizations of the working force. At this time many workers were suffering a great depth of dangerous and critical conditions due to the wealthy. Big businesses rose during this time and took over the U.S government. They caused deflation, which negatively hampered the society- workers. Therefore, during 1870 to 1900 the rise of big businesses had a negative performance on the economy and caused political corruption. There were many issues towards the actions of Big Business, which led to the retaliation of the people in other words the responses of the Americans. Firstly, the rise of Big Business brought to the economy the expansion of railroads, monopolies, and the exploitation of workers. For example, in Document B, it states that the railroads caused the reduction of wages to the working class. If the working class receives lower pay then they would be unable to strive, therefore, leading to the rise of the poverty. The railroads were basically controlling the people, because they were able to “discharge any employee without a cause” they could delay a trial; and they could legislate bodies (Document B). In addition, monopolies were also not letting the people gain wealth and status. For example, in Document D, the reader can pull from the image that monopolist were in control of the senate.

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Also the senate worked to only please the monopolist. With monopolist controlling the senate and having all power other people and corporations were unable to rise or develop because monopolist were taking in all the money. “Bosses” who were the people in...
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