Social, Political, and Economic Problems
by the growth of a modern, urban industrial society: 1870-1930
- The growth of large industrial cities and a national
industrial economy dominated by large corporations.
- Increasing inequality between the very rich and the poor.
- Increasing conflicts between the "public
"special interests" at all levels of government.
- An increasing sense of political and economic corruption
at the local, state, and federal levels.
- An exploding urban population and the resulting
shift from a rural, agarian society to an urban
- Massive immigration and the need to assimilate
large numbers of new immigrants.
- Increasing demands for basic services such as
electricity, sewage, water, roads, telephone, and
- Increasing conflict between organized labor and
large national corporations.
- The need to educate and prepare the young to live
in a modern urban industrial society.
- The need to regulate a growing national media,
such as movies, radio, telephone, magazines, and
- An increasing division between small-town American
values and traditions and modern big-city values.
- An increasing rift between religion and science, which
can be seen in the conflict between Fundamentalism
and Darwinism in the early 1900s.