Rise of Industry (1877-1900)

1890s Yellow Journalism Spanish American war

The Use of Yellow Journalism by Newspapers in the 1890s

In the 1890s Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst popularized a new style of journalism. This style was called “yellow journalism” and was used by newspapers to increase circulation and build a loyal following. Yellow journalism relied upon highly-sensationalized stories and headlines to draw readers in. Reporters often overlooked or omitted facts while greatly exaggerating …

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Purpose 1887 Interstate Commerce Act

The Purpose of the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887

As the United States began its rapid entry into the Industrial Era, it became quickly apparent that certain industries needed government regulation. The purpose of the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 was to provide regulation over the burgeoning railroad industry. In the aftermath of the Civil War, the United States began to experience the effects …

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Significance Pendleton Act 1883

The Significance of the Pendleton Act of 1883

Throughout a large portion of the 19th century political parties largely dictated government employment, or civil service. Politicians thwarted attempts at reform for years, until a major change finally occurred in the 1880s. Just what is the Pendleton Act of 1883 and how did it change civil service in the United States? Historians largely credit …

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Successful Dawes Severalty Act

Was the 1887 Dawes Severalty Act Successful?

The United States has a long history of broken promises and treaties with Native American nations. The US hoped that the successful implementation of the 1887 Dawes Act would help to solve its so-called “Indian Problem” once and for all. Prior to 1887 the United States treated with Native American nations individually. This policy dated …

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