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Hawaiian Annexation

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Hawaiian Annexation
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Hawaii became increasingly important to the U.S. buisness interest in the late 1800s. In 1887, Hawaii and the United States renewed a trade treaty that allowed Hawaiian sugar to be sold duty-free in the United states. The same year, white Hawaiian-born planters forced the Hawaiian king, Kalakaua, to accept a new constitution that gave them control of the government. When the king died in 1891, his sister  Liliuokalani came to throne. She opposed U.S. control of the islands and sought to reduce the power of foriegn merchants. In 1893, the United States Marines and Sanford B. Dole removed Queen Liliuokalani from throne. He then requested that it be annexed by the United States. In 1898,  Congress approved the annexation of Hawaii. This benefited the United States and helped protect world trade.

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The Zimmermann Telegram

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Germany's foreign secretary made a secret offer to Mexico over the United states communication line. If Mexico decalred war on the United States, Germany would reward it was American land in the Southwest. This was not taken lightyly by the united states and Great Britain was the one who helped us decode the note and inform us on it. This was when the United States was pushing more to getting involved in the war. This was a bad thing for the United States becuase it was one of the events that made us go to war.

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Overcrowded Cities

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During the urbanization period, a couple of problems occured. One of these was the overcrowding of cities. Many people started to come to the United States which caused a population growth. The cities became very overpopulated which then created many inventions to help like skyscrapers and elevators to help with multiple stories and higher bulidings. This helped to grow the city up and not out. The overcrowding of cities was not benefital for us but it did help to jump start other advancments for cities.

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Hawaiian Annexation

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Hawaiian Annexation
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Hawaii became increasingly important to the U.S. buisness interest in the late 1800s. In 1887, Hawaii and the United States renewed a trade treaty that allowed Hawaiian sugar to be sold duty-free in the United states. The same year, white Hawaiian-born planters forced the Hawaiian king, Kalakaua, to accept a new constitution that gave them control of the government. When the king died in 1891, his sister  Liliuokalani came to throne. She opposed U.S. control of the islands and sought to reduce the power of foriegn merchants. In 1893, the United States Marines and Sanford B. Dole removed Queen Liliuokalani from throne. He then requested that it be annexed by the United States. In 1898,  Congress approved the annexation of Hawaii. This benefited the United States and helped protect world trade.

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Child Labor

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Find out more about the history of Child Labor, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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In the 1800's, Children made up more than 5 percent of the industrial labor force. By the end of the 1800's, nearly one in five children between the ages of 10 and 16 was employed. It was common that a children's wages meant the difference between going hungry or having food on the table. For this reason, children began leaving school at the age of 12 or 13 to work. Girls would take factory jobs so that their brothers could stay in school. Many children worked in hazardous conditions. Boys would work in coal mines were they would have grime clogged in their lungs which leaded to disease. Girls would work in textile mills or other factory buisnesses where the machinery was very dangerous and cut off body parts or even fall in. They also inhaled very bad fumes in these factories. For the reasons above this was not a good thing that the US chose to do.

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Angel Island

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Photographs and interviews of Chinese-American immigrants detained at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay document memories of perseverance amid racial discrimination and hardship.
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Angel island was a major immigration island for the Chinese. They would be sent there and could be stuck being there for months or even years. The United States wasn't a big fan of the Chinese culture so they would place them at this island and say they would go through a process to become free in the United States. They would write on the walls like poems and such about how miserable it was coming here and them being imprioned on the island. This was a racist thing of us to do to these poor people who only came for new opportunities and freedom.

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Bessemer Process

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Through the mid 1800's, the nation depended  on iron for railroad rails and the frames of large buildings. In 1850, Henry Bessemer develped a new process for steel. In 1856, he recieved his first patent for the Bessemer Process. Carbon and removing impurities, the Bessemer Process made it easier and cheaper to remove the impurities. This was beneficial for the US becasue the steel was lighter, stronger, and more flexible than iron. The Bessemer Process made it possible for the mass production of steel which then led to the making of the Brookyln Bridge.

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Panama Canal

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The 48 mile long international waterway known as the Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles  from a journey around the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn. The new  government authorized French businessman Philippe Bunau-Varilla, to negotiate a treaty with the United States. The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty allowed the U.S. to build the Panama Canal and provided for perpetual control of a zone five-miles wide on either side of the canal. Although the French had attempted construction of a canal in the 1880s, the Panama Canal was successfully built from 1904 to 1914. Once the canal was complete the U.S. held a chunk of land running the approximately 50 miles across the isthmus of Panama. This was a benefit to the United States, making transportation easier in some ways.

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Food and Drug Act

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There was a period of time where the US had false advertisment for drugs and alcohol was a big part of society. Lots of people believed these ads about the drugs and doctors just gave out medicine to people. People would also take these drugs without consulting a doctor and thought it was okay when really it was harmful. This was a bad thing for the United States having false advertisments for drugs saying they cured things that they didnt.

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Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points

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Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points were first outlined in a speech Wilson gave to the American Congress in January 1918. Wilson's Fourteen Points became the basis for a peace programme and it was on the
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Wilson gave this speech after the war had ended. He hoped by giving this speach that it would keep everyone in peace and no wars would break out anytime soon again. These points were guidlines to follow to make sure that peace was kept amungst the countries. This also created other organizations to ensure peace and tranquility instead of going straight to war to solve arguments and other disagreements. This was something that benefited the United States because it was a solution to the violence.

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Tenements

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Find out more about the history of Tenements, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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Speculators built tenements, which were low-cost apartment buildings designed to house as many families as the owner  could pack in. A group of these tenements that were dirty and run down could transform an area into a slum. Trees and grass disappeared and  hundreds of people were crammed into spaces meant for a few families. The open sewers attracted rats and other disease spreading vermin. With the tenements being so closely packed together, even a small fire could consume a neighborhood. It easily leaped from roof to roof. Many contagious diseases like Cholera, Malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid and other diseases thrived in crowded tenement conditions. These were not a good impact for the United States.

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Chinese Exclusion Act

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Find out more about the history of Chinese Exclusion Act, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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American labor unions fought hard to exclude chinese immigrants. By faulty reasoning, anti-Asian movements said that Asians were physically and mentally inferior to white Americans. This spread racist attitudes toward Asian immigrants. Congress then responded to these demands by passing the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. This act prohibited Chinese laborers from entering the country. It did not prevent entry by those who had  previously established residence in the United States. The number of residents of Chinese ancestry fell tremendously. In 1910, the federal government built an immigration center on Angel Island, San Francisco. This was not a very good decsion on our part becasue it was a very racist decsion toward one specific ethnic group that was just like everybody else and has the same rights when they immigrate to the United States for freedom.

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Transcontinental Railroad

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Find out more about the history of Transcontinental Railroad, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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Railroads played a key role in revolutionizing buisness and industry in the United States in many ways. Railroads were less limited by geographic and natural factors. They were a cheaper way to transport goods. Higher speeds and lower costs now allowed a buisness to market and sell its finished products to locations nationwide, rather than just local regions. It also created innovation in other industries.In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act chartered the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the United States from east to west. Railroads and the Transcontinental Railroad was a major benefit to our country.

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