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Who Built America

Who Built America
Christopher Clark has highlighted that if founding fathers of USA actually helped built America or triggered a new example of slaverySohaib Riaz Khan

Racism enlarged as African Americans and the Chinese railroad workers were the victims of such hatred towards industrialists or business magnates. The business magnates were not concerned about the American population; indeed, they had their significant interests to control the masses by providing them poor working conditions.

Slavery was a prevalent issue during America’s building process; however, it was considered among the masses that the US Constitution would permanently eliminate slavery in the whole region. Writing the US Constitution was considered a positive among the masses, including the people who endured the sufferings of slavery during the Industrial Revolution. The late 1780s started the drafting of the US revolution. Simultaneously, many individuals, including the first President of United States George Washington and the third President Thomas Jefferson, were convinced slavery would die out across the region through comprehensive implementation. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are regarded as the founding fathers of the USA and played an instrumental role in building America as an undisputed leader of the world. George Washington had always condemned slavery and often stated that he never wanted to be a slave owner anymore; nonetheless, he never acted according to his antislavery narrative. Thomas Jefferson also looked down on slavery and believed that every American citizen had a right to live the right with full liberty. In contrast, slavery in any form was discouraged and permanently eliminated. Christopher Clark has highlighted in his book Who Built America published in 2007 if the founding fathers of USA actually helped built America or triggered a new example of slavery.

Although the US Constitution had given a significant right to the slaves from both North and South, stating the three-fifths compromise would allow three-fifths of the slaves’ population to be part of the “House of Representatives” and come under direct taxation. The step was considered as a milestone towards the way of eliminating slavery; nonetheless, these measures were not adequate. Slavery would not die out; indeed, the opposite happened due to capitalism that had enslaved masses in a new way. After the Civil War in America, the North-side saw significant growth in industrialization, including the progressive transition of technology known as the “Second Industrial Revolution” however, the economic growth in the North as a result of such revolution avoided the south on a large scale.  Although there was a significant growth as the result of the industrial revolution that aided the development of the New South, it could not help mitigate the sufferings of African Americans or poor railroad Chinese workers who are still the unsung heroes of the road transformed America.  Racism enlarged as African Americans and the Chinese railroad workers were the victims of such hatred towards industrialists or business magnates. The business magnates were not concerned about the American population; indeed, they had their significant interests to control the masses by providing them poor working conditions. As the era was considered a gilded age of industrialization, it was layered by a ruthless business competition approach. It can be well-identified that each industry’s key players, better known as the industry magnets, had started a business rivalry to defeat their competitors in a very cruel way. Many industrialists were granted government subsidies and other financial benefits such as land allocations that were part of the railroad industry. As an alternative to the autocratic or democratic approach, the American Government adopted the Laissez-Faire approach to regulating businesses and industries. The process was considered for the masses to incorporate the better working facilities; however, it was transparent that the subjected approach only favored the capitalists while the working class kept on living their lives in misery. The Government policies supported the industry magnates as there were no taxes at the corporate level. If there were any, the government would grant sufficient exemptions; the practice would only benefit the industrialists to amass tremendous wealth. The rise of capitalism across America had impacted the lives of specific social and economic groups of the population in general; however, the aftermath of such consequences can be felt at this present age. Capitalism had changed not only the political dynamics but also the foreign policy of the country as well.

The acquisition of laborers adopted practices practically identical to the patterns emerging in slavery before the civil war. The workers were forced to live in small cabins on the Atlantic passage. There were no windows in the buildings, ravaged blankets, filthy food is just a few of many discriminations and cruelties against the black slaves. The Chinese produced the largest workforce in American industry until the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. The road, in turn, transformed America. However, despite their critical role, the Chinese railroad workers remain silent spikes. Political entrepreneurs are not as heroic as they look towards the government for favors and grants. Besides this, the market entrepreneurs work on their own and earn profits purely through voluntary means. Slavery was prevalent in the US even after the development of the constitution. Still, it is ironic to state that supreme leaders of the region, including the founding fathers, kept the slaves in one form or another. Capitalism did not allow the politicians to implement the antislavery practices to the fullest while the era is considered high regard to rebuilding America as a great nation.

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