The Development of the American Economy

Create an essay of 500 words, describing the development of industry, business, and labor after the American Civil War. Address the following:   Discuss several of the industries of America’s Industrial Revolution in the post-Civil War period.  What made these leaders of industry successful? Explain the origins and growth of labor unions.  What did Labor Unions accomplish?

Use a minimum of three of the sources provided to support your assignment and be sure to cite the sources.

 Class RESOURCE for Topic 4

For the Topic 4 assignment, you will be discussing the development of America’s national economy; the transition of America’s economy from a regional to a national economy, the role of Henry Clay’s American system, and post-Civil War westward expansion and the significance of the railroad. These resources will help you discuss the influences and details of the development of the American economy: Definition of Laissez-Faire (2016). In Business Dictionary (online). Cotkin, G. (n.d.). Strikebreakers, Evictions and Violence: Industrial Conflict in the Hocking Valley, 1884-1885. Ohio History Journal Online. Captains of Industry: Harty, J. (2016). Cornelius Vanderbilt. Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia. Harty, J. (2016). Cornelius Vanderbilt. Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia. Graybar, L. J. (2016). Andrew Carnegie. Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia. Trolander, J. A. (2016). John D. Rockefeller. Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia. The Grandest Enterprise under God: The West, a Film by Stephen Ives [Video file]. (1996).

 Knights of Labor Constitution of 1878

Read “Knights of Labor Constitution of 1878,” from Knights of Labor Constitution of 1878 (2009).

AFL-CIO Labor History Timeline

Explore the AFL-CIO Labor History Timeline on the AFL-CIO website.

 Classic Senate Speeches: Henry Clay: In Defense of the American System

Read “Classic Senate Speeches: Henry Clay: In Defense of the American System” on the U.S. Senate website.

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