The Power Struggle
If there is one thing that I have learned after taking American Workers 20th Century course, it is recognizing the rigid division between American laborers and business owners. To present day, this conflict can be best demonstrated by analyzing the actions and ideals of the Republican and Democratic parties. Subsequent to taking this class, I have come to the realization that republicans are only advocates for rich business owners and corporations while the Democratic Party is truthfully the only hope for the laboring middle class. In this paper, I will be giving particular examples from both the past and present that illustrate the constant power struggle between the American working class and business owners, and how political standpoint has a direct influence on this struggle. I will also be demonstrating the comparisons from old world republican Herbert Hoover to our current president, and I will show how their similar ideals have thrown this country into economic recession. *Republican Turmoil in the early 20th* Century
The second industrial revolution that took place in America turned our country into a world economic power, but also left the country divided against itself by class. Ruling class hegemony led the beliefs of upper class Americans to become universal thus exacerbating conflict with lower class citizens. In the early 1900s when the industrial revolution was booming, political office was primarily held by republicans that favored big business and mass production. The birth of the first billion dollar corporation took place when JP Morgan purchased Carnegie Steel. Favoring the hands-off economic policy, Morgan and company donated thousands to republican nominee William McKinley to see that he was re-elected to office in 1900. With the rise of these tremendous corporations and republicans ruling office, American laborers were dominated by a bureaucratic force that began to crush the democracy they once knew.