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The fifty year span between 1870 and 1920 in United States history found our great growing nation struggling with many economic racial and social crisis Rules were made and broken Walls were built and torn down Lines were drawn and crossed With a huge cultural chasm yawning out across an invisible landscape rocked on its foundations by a civil war the United States of America stood at a crossroads It was now entering uncharted territory Would it let the torrent of differences and alienation between itself and its vanquished other half divide the nation forever Or would it have the fortitude forbearance and mercy to begin the heart-rending task of putting the pieces back together again and truly becoming one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all Though emotionally exhausted from its assuredly un-civil war and except for the decimated South the nations economic health was excellent New opportunities abounded for the young and enterprising in the large cities that were growing ever larger thanks to the flood of immigrants searching for the American dream And in this new post-Civil War era standards remained static in many areas were raised in others and certainly most glaringly in the political-economic arena fell in others Great wealth power and prosperity accumulated quickly after the Civil War and everyone wanted a hand in it However because standards were so lax in the political-economic area a preoccupation with material and monetary gain increased Men whose principal claim to this newfound wealth and power characteristics certainly envied was through corruption and ruthlessness A good example of one of these men was John D Rockefeller in oil He saw a marketplace of huge integrated companies cooperating to avoid competition The virtue of this new form of production for Rockefeller was its efficiency Then he Rockefeller set out to eliminate competition they could sell out to him at his price they could become his agents or they could
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