Immigration and rapid industrialization went hand-in-hand as the country became more mechanized in all areas of production. Immigrants coming into the country fed the industrial machine by providing a cheap labor force for the rapid growth of the United States as a modern nation. Massive immigration and internal migration coupled with massive industrialization led to a need for reforms. Students will examine how the cost paid by the immigrant workers in the factories to fuel this rapid growth drew the attention of social activists and led to progressive reforms at all levels of government.
Immigration, Industrialization, Progressives