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In the period after the Civil War when America was moving away from agriculture and towards industrialization the corrupt ways of the capitalists turned America upside down In the late 1800s the capitalists did many things to harm American industry which led to them receiving the nickname robber barons The robber barons also harmed the American citizens by doing things such as continuing to separate the social classes During this time the capitalists encouraged large trusts that battled other businesses One especially controversial result of the wrongdoings of the robber barons was poor factory conditions and child laborIn Henry Georges Progress and Poverty he talks about how the difference between social classes was growing Henry George stated that The wealthy class is becoming more wealthy but the poorer class is becoming more dependent This quote explains how the robber barons would do anything to gain more money even if it meant forcing the already struggling American citizens to live on poverty A main cause of the large contrasts between social classes was labor conditionsThe robber barons caused much of the poor factory and labor conditions The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science tells about how working conditions in England were much better than in America The article also states how manufacturers believed that the movement to mechanize was helping the factory workers Manufacturers stated that this was an advantage to the workers because the machines were doing more work and that was less strength that the workmen had to use They also believed this was an advantage because they were able to purchase more with the same amount of money which led to the level of salaries being raised Unlike the manufacturers the workers did not find these to be advantages The document says that the workmen reproach the machine with degrading man by transforming him into a machine and with diminishing the number of skilled workers
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