WORK IN CHICAGO 5
Duringthe nineteenth century, the city of Chicago marked significanteconomic growth developments, especially during the late nineteenthcentury. The growth of Chicago in the nineteenth century was markedby a number of economic events that propelled the city to itssuccessful economy, which influenced the current economy. While theeconomic developments can be attributed to a number of economicfactors and events, it is important to understand these factors ascategories regarding Chicago and its remarkable growth as a city. Thediscussion in this paper will review the readings, with a keen lookat the category of “work in Chicago.” The discussion will explorehow work in Chicago affected the residents and the similarities thatarise from the selected sources of information about Chicago.
Workin Chicago was a significant contribution to the economy of the cityin terms of economic growth. By the late nineteenth century, the cityhad established itself as a place where people could find work and beeconomically productive. was available because of thedeveloping economy, which was marked by the emergence of industriesthat provided people with job opportunities. The creation of workingopportunities for the development of Chicago as a city became themain definition of Chicago city (Moberg, 2005).Thegrowth of the city translated into an expansion in industries, whichprovided more working opportunities for residents.
Workin Chicago affected the people who lived in Chicago positively byproviding opportunities for earning income. gavepeople opportunities to sell their labor for wages and salaries thatopened more opportunities for economic and social growth of theresidents. One of the industries that provided a lot of workingopportunities is the Meatpacking industry, which made the city thelargest center at the time (Wade,2005). However, workers in these industries sought more income fromthe industries. led to need for better workingconditions by the people, which opened trade unions (Moberg, 2005).Oneof the results of the unions is the organization of industrialconflicts like the Pullman Strikein 1894 (Smith 2005).
Throughthe income that people earned from working in Chicago, they couldafford basic amenities, travelling and raising families. As a resultof the income, the purchasing power of the people in the cityincreased, which led to an increase in the demand for more products(Moberg, 2005).Thedemand piled pressure on the industries to increase their production,which translated into a higher demand for more workers. As a resultthe need for work in Chicago increased as industries demanded morelabor.
Theincrease in opportunities for work in Chicago led to the immigrationof people from other parts of America to the city. People moved intoChicago to work in the industries and earn an income, due to thesuccess of the impact of the city’s economic growth (Moberg, 2005).Asa result, the city grew in population, which was marked by theestablishment of large neighborhoods of the people working in theindustries. The result of this was attraction of more people in thecity, which opened the grounds for lack of work in the city becauseof the increased number of people seeking for work. This could be thereason for the establishment of other forms of work especially inentertainment.
Thedevelopment of work in Chicago may have opened doors for otherindustries in entertainment because people increased their income,which opened expenditure on entertainment. One of the maindevelopments in entertainment was literature and drama. For instance,the Dramas of Haymarket, which related to the events of the latenineteenth century, both in terms of the acts and sites (Smith, n.d).
Theselected sources of information about Chicago and its remarkabledevelopment present a string similarity in terms of the growth of thecity. These sources all present the positive growth of the city as anAmerican hub for economic development and social cultural showcase.The previous discussion on Chicago’s hosting of the World’sColumbian Exposition in 1893 relates to the readings on the economicdevelopment in Chicago. Both the previous and the current readingsalso present the city as an excellent destination for the worldeconomic interests as well as the American economic activities.
Fromthe similarities, the role of workers in the transformation andgrowth of Chicago city emerges as the major conclusion. The readingsabout Chicago focus on the transformat6ion of the city in terms ofeconomic developments, which was marked by the growth of theindustries. The main contribution to the growth of the city is therole that the people of Chicago made in working in the industries.They provided the labor needed to construct industries, work in theindustries, package products and sell the products. They also workedin the construction of infrastructure and buildings that supportedthe city towards its growth.
Inconclusion, the city of Chicago marked a great growth in the latenineteenth century as a result of the success in the category of workin Chicago. became a significant contribution becauseof the industrious nature of the people. As a result of work inChicago, residents earned income and grew in neighborhoods thatattracted more people to work in the city. This presents thesimilarities between the readings about the city as all focus on thepositive growth of the city.
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Smith,C. (n.d). TheDramas of Haymarket,RetrievedFrom, <http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1381.html>July 1, 2015
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