Era of Reconstruction
Wealthy people like Cornelius Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie had great influence and control over the post-Civil War economy and business in the United States. Although some of these large corporations led to the decrease in food and fuel, there were many small business owners and laborers who were left without jobs due to the deception and monopoly from these large business owners.
Many laborers were not satisfied with the standing of the United States due to the control of the large corporations. Wealthy business owners of large corporations were not restricted in anything that they did. Corporations were able to change prices and fire employees without a cause, giving them control over the goods and services that they provided over the nation. Many laborers were upset that they had to work long hours in dangerous conditions for these businessmen who paid them low wages and took away their independence and individualism. Laborers also had little or no say in their government; they wanted government restored to the hands of an average person in order to end their injustice.
The social tension around 1920’s was a large extent due to the recoil from Nativists and the KKK