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By the year 1877 and onwards America would establish itself as the worlds Industrial super power this movement saw advances and the creations of many great things This period of time saw great advancement in Machinery widely available transportation via railroads creation of many different Industries Unions and there were many jobs available for all people of all races genders and ages This sounds great but all of this came at a priceWith the rise in Capitalism we saw how the rich got even richer than ever before The way they managed to accomplish this was by striking deals with both private companies and with the US Government for example John D Rockefeller set up secret agreements with railroad companies he said he would ship their oil if they have him discounts to which they agreed and it drove competitors out of business Pg 256 Howard ZinnA peoples history of the United States New York NY Harper Collins 2003 and in another example JP Morgan was able to pay dividends to his stockholders by making sure Congress passed tariffs keeping out foreign steel which kept the price of steel at a high price Pg 257 Howard ZinnA peoples history of the United States New York NY Harper Collins 2003While the government had the best interests for the rich the poor didnt get the same treatment In 1887 Texas farmers were having a seed drought in Texas and Congress tried to help them out by passing a bill to give a 100000 relief to these farmers so that they could buy seeds and President Cleveland vetoed this bill with the following statement Federal aid in such cases Encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character Pg 259 Howard ZinnA peoples history of the United States New York NY Harper Collins 2003 only to then turn around and pay off wealthy bondholders at 28
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