1. Leland Stanford- He was one of the "Big Four" who backed the Central Pacific Railroad. He was the ex-governor of California with useful political connections.
2. Collis P. Huntington- He was one of the "Big Four" who was an adept lobbyist.
3. James J. Hill- He created the Great Northern railroad and was the greatest railroad builder of all time.
4. Cornelius Vanderbilt- He was the head of New York Central railroad and he financed successful western railroads.
5. Jay Gould- He made millions of dollars by embezzling stocks from several railroad companies.
6. Alexander Graham Bell- He invented the telephone which launched a new age.
7. Thomas Edison- He was the "Wizard of Menlo Park" who invented the electric light …show more content…
His objectives were "pure and simple": increasing wages, reducing hours and improving working conditions.
The Haymarket Riot took place in 1886, when an anarchist apparently threw a bomb at police dispersing a strike rally at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company in Chicago. The killing of policemen greatly embarrassed the Knights of Labor, which was not involved with the bomb but which took much of the blame.
4. Analyze the social changes brought about by industrialization, particularly the altered position of working men and women.
Moving into major cities to work in the mills and factories created poor living conditions for the working class. Not everybody was entirely happy with this situation, in fact there were many uprisings who tried to smash machines in factories and mills because it put skilled workers out of jobs. Farmers tried to smash threshing machines because they could do the work of many men and took relatively little skill.
Further, this era introduced child labor which was quite horrific--children working in mills, factories, and in coal mines where the conditions were dangerous and life expectancy was unbelievably