Changes in America between 1776 and 1870

Changes in America between 1776 and 1870

There were drastic changes in the United States of America between1776 and 1870. Although the country gained independence on 1776, itwas not until 1783 that treaty in France recognized America as a freecountry. The developments cut across social, political and economicarenas. They impacted differently on the various classes of people,and they represented the benchmark for the American development inthe three walks of life.

Socially, the demographics of the country changed with the populationincreasing up to 38.5 million people. The intensified migration aswell slave trade led to the tremendous growth of the population.Classes developed with the heightened industrialization andexploitation of land by establishing plantations. The rich setthemselves with massive sources of wealth and thy spurreddevelopment. On the other hand, there emerged a large class of theunskilled workers in the plantations who took any available job. In1865, the government through an agreement with the Northern statesabolished slavery and this also marked the end of the American civilwar.

The economic development instigated technological innovations likethe invention of the typewriter, the mechanical reaper, the lightbulb and the oil drill. The means of production became efficient, andpeople exploited the available resources more than they did in thepast decade. The general cost of consumables become favorable due tothe reduced costs of production.

In the political arena, the August of 1786 marked the Shay’srebellion. Delegates met in 1787 in Philadelphia to draft theAmerican constitution. The country elected George Washington in 1789.The political system showed desirable prospects through theratification of rights in 1820. In 1860, the country elected AbrahamLincoln through a democratic election.