• Reconstruction plan calling for reconciliation
• Preservation of the Union was more important than punishing the South
Robert E. Lee
• Urged Southerners to reconcile with Northerners at the end of the war and reunite as Americans when some wanted to continue to fight
• Became president of Washington College, which is now known as Washington and Lee University
• Fought for adoption of constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights
• Was a powerful voice for human rights and civil liberties for all
Completed in 1869 at Promontory, Utah, it linked the eastern railroad system with California's railroad system, revolutionizing transportation in the west
Battle of Little Bighorn
(1876): Also called Custer's Last Stand, it was the most famous incident of the Indian Wars. Cheyenne and Sioux indians killed Custer and all of his men.
Apache leader who fought U.S. soldiers to keep his land. He led a revolt of 4,000 of his people after they were forced to move to a reservation in Arizona.
Lead the Nez Perce during the hostilities between the tribe and the U.S. Army in 1877. His speech "I Will Fight No More Forever" mourned the young Indian men killed in the fighting.
Battle of Wounded Knee
US soldiers massacred 300 unarmed Native American in 1890. This ended the Indian Wars.
California Gold Rush
1849 (San Francisco 49ers) Gold discovered in California attracted a rush of people all over the country to San Francisco.- continued to attract people to the West through the rest of the Century
Reasons for increase westward expansion
• Opportunities for land ownership
• Technological advances, including the Transcontinental Railroad
• Possibility of obtaining wealth, created by the discovery of gold and silver
• Desire for adventure
• Desire for a new beginning for former enslaved African Americans
Impact of Westward Expansion on American Indians
• Opposition by American Indians to westward expansion (Battle of Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull, Geronimo)
• Forced relocation from traditional lands to reservations (Chief Joseph, Nez Percé)
• Reduced population through warfare and disease (Battle of Wounded Knee)
• Assimilation attempts and lifestyle changes (e.g., reduction of buffalo population)
• Reduced their homelands through treaties that were broken
Reasons for the increase in immigration
• Hope for better opportunities
• Desire for religious freedom
• Escape from oppressive governments
• Desire for adventure
Reasons why cities grew and developed
• Specialized industries, including steel (Pittsburgh) and meat packing (Chicago)
• Immigration to America from other countries
• Movement of Americans from rural to urban areas for job opportunities
Settlement home, founded by Jane Addams, designed as a welfare agency for needy families.
an organization linked to a political party that often controlled local government and gained power by attending to the needs of new immigrants (e.g., jobs, housing)
city slum areas inhabited by minority groups living there due to social or economic pressures
• Based upon race
• Directed primarily against African Americans, but other groups also were kept segregated
"Jim Crow" laws
• Passed to discriminate against African Americans
• Made discrimination practices legal in many communities and states
• Were characterized by unequal opportunities in housing, work, education, and government
Booker T. Washington
Believed equality could be achieved through vocational education; accepted social segregation
One of the most prolific inventors in U.S. history. He invented the phonograph, light bulb, electric battery, mimeograph and moving picture.
was a Scottish-born American industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel.
United States financier who accumulated great wealth from railroad and shipping businesses (1794-1877)
Captains of industry
owners and managers of large industrial enterprises who wielded extraordinary political and economic power
Reasons for the rise and prosperity of big business
• National markets created by transportation advances
• Captains of industry (John D. Rockefeller, oil; Andrew Carnegie, steel; Cornelius Vanderbilt, shipping and railroads)
• Lower-cost production
Factors that resulted in growth of industry
• Access to raw materials and energy
• Availability of work force due to immigration
• Financial resources
Postwar changes in farm and city life
• Mechanization (e.g., the reaper) reduced farm labor needs and increased production.
• Industrial development in cities created increased labor needs.
• Industrialization provided new access to consumer goods (e.g., mail order).
Negative effects of industrialization
• Child labor
• Low wages, long hours
• Unsafe working conditions
American Federation of Labor
1886; founded by Samuel Gompers; sought better wages, hrs, working conditions; skilled laborers, arose out of dissatisfaction with the Knights of Labor, rejected socialist and communist ideas, non-violent.
1892 steelworker strike near Pittsburgh against the Carnegie Steel Company. Ten workers were killed in a riot when "scab" labor was brought in to force an end to the strike.
Progressive Movement workplace reforms
• Improved safety conditions
• Reduced work hours
• Placed restrictions on child labor
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1920) extended the right to vote to women in federal or state elections.
Susan B. Anthony
social reformer who campaigned for womens rights, the temperance, and was an abolitionist, helped form the National Woman Suffrage Assosiation
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
A pioneer in the women's suffrage movement, she helped organize the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. She later helped edit the militant feminist magazine Revolution from 1868 - 1870.