America was bustling with innovations: a newly expanded system of railroads, expediting westward expansion, as well as novel means of personal transportation allowing flourishing cities to expand as well as widening the cap between the rich and poor. Cities were at “the height of modernization for the time, with skyscrapers, electric trolleys, department stores, bridges, bicycles, indoor plumbing, telephones, and electric lamps.” There was a surplus of inspirited entrepreneurs’ and hopeful farmers. Citizens began to look for “new wonders” in the world and migrated to the...
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...uch a colossal issue today. The incursion of immigrants, in collaboration with the government’s laissez faire policies undermined American interdependence, which impeded the nations ability to truly prosper by establish a reliance on “outsiders” to perform most factory work. By creating a demand for foreign workers in America, big businesses rendered the American economy reliant on immigration- a destructive relationship to this day. In addition to preventing one interdependent nation, immigrants impaired the success of Americans by equating themselves to citizens, allowing themselves to feel entitled to the jobs of legal citizens, and rendered legal citizenship little allure. Had it not been for the influx of immigration in the late nineteenth century, the economy, poverty levels and unemployment rates of current day America would be drastically improved.
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