The ancient community experienced several aspects that boosted or undermined growth and development in their economic struggles. Critically evaluating the industrial revolution during this period creates awareness and further understanding of how growth and development occurred in the ancient decades. This study will cover effects of industrialization after the Civil War in the United States.
According to Jacksons (32), effects of industrialization on the economic growth and performance in the United States provided an opportunity for upcoming corporate society to grow and create employment opportunities for the citizens. The geographical platform was advanced to allow for the infrastructure and other development for trade activities. The leadership roles of authority, through the government, took the responsibility of promoting peaceful relationship and mobilization among the Americans. Political routes were enhanced since international relations were introduced, and the legislative roles for different leaders changed through the expansion of other territories.
After industrialization, the following groups felt the effect of the same. First were the Native Americans. This group was displaced through the ethnic clashes that took place during the civil war. Second were the new middle-class men. The introduction of the new business opportunities from the traders were affected by the disruption by other individuals experiencing the feuds. The multicultural growth through the intercommunity relationship was a challenge due to communication links that were cut between the individuals; thus product promotion and awareness was rare. The distribution and supply chains had been interfered with since no communication skill was enhanced, and the productivity level lowered. Third were the farmers. Farming was the backbone of the American culture during industrialization and individuals explored such opportunities through specifying in the activity full-time. However, cultivation and harvest process was corrupted through the movements that were in disarray, causing lower result on the growth of cash crops and hence lower returns from the trade exchange trends (Schivelbusch 35). Fourth were the middle and lower class workers. The economic status of these individuals decreased since they highly depended on the industrial revolution for the transformation of their lifestyle. Finally, the other group that was affected was the immigrants. Immigration is the movement of people from their countries to a specified country, with an aim of growing or responding to economic and natural factors, in a presumed manner. Some immigrants inherit the cultural behavior of the fellow citizens in a particular country and learn to cope with the moral values and traditions. These were people who harbored the interest in visiting the state and, unfortunately, did not secure an opportunity to invest or view other attractive opportunities they eyed from their own countries.
Displacement of families to other locations was a rampant experience during this period, and the individuals ended up in stranded. Economic challenges through loss of job opportunities were evident from the ordinary Americans. The financial instability due to the insecurity of employment led to starvation within some American families. Traumatic experiences caused by the environmental changes impacted poor performance in schools. The government increased the taxation fees and this was a liability to the ordinary citizen who fed from hand to mouth.
The impacts of industrialization were diverse and affected citizens from different ethnic groups and age. Children were left with no option but to become slaves to other merchants due to the economic effects (Blackmon 17). Growth and development in any nation should have a strategic plan to ensure the citizens are protected and have secure places to reside. Most cultural values and practices are still disowned due to the displacement of the ancestral families from their original land.
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Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. The railway journey: the industrialization of time and space in the nineteenth century. London: Idea Group Publishing, 2014. Print.