Hope this letter finds you in good health.
Iknow since the last time you were here, in the year 1900, there was not muchdevelopment going on around you. Currently, 60 years later, a lot has changed.Many developments have taken place and have transformed our lives. The effectsof these changes have different impacts, some are positive while others arenegative. I know you would like to know how most of the things have changed.
Iwill explain some of broader changes that have taken place, and those that haveaffected our daily life, in the most detailed manner for you to understandbetter. I understand that most of the tenement houseswere dark inside since they lacked electricity or gaslight. Running water inmost of the tenements was a challenge. This is no longer the case since thetenement house act of 1901 was passed and everyone had to comply with it.
Sincethen, due to technology that has greatly improved, the houses are no longerdark inside. Indoor plumbing has also taken place making it possible for one tobathe or do laundry in their houses. This has improved our lives greatly.Sanitary levels have also greatly improved due to these changes. For instance,the privies that were in most tenements, which were very unsanitary, have beenreplaced by clean toilets found indoors (Class Notes: Living Conditions). Since 1900, the American government haslargely expanded its boundaries.
As these expansions were taking place,developments were also taking place. The lives of the native inhabitants havealso improved during this transition. For example, the government expanded itseconomic development of the land by making railroads and other developments inTexas among other states. It has also gained the authority to rule the groupsof people that are found there ultimately expanding the territories (U.
SHistory. Pg. 479). America’s territories are now wider than they were duringthe 1900s.The trade markets have also expanded tointernational markets. This has become a new source for new raw materials tocome in the country. As a result, the international trade has created jobs formany residents in the United States intimately making them be self-reliant.
Agood example to show how international trade has taken place is trade betweenthe United States and China. The idea for international trade came into realityafter the open door notes which U.S sent to China requesting for preferentialaccess to its market. This was secured and a lot of trade between America andChina, among other countries, has taken place. (Class Notes: Imperialism)Unlike during your times, a rule was set tolimit the number of immigrants who come from southern and eastern Europeancountries. This restriction was put in place after individuals from these areasstarted arriving in large numbers.
The act was set in place to represent theanti-immigrants against eastern and southern Europeans. It also reinstated theprevious Chinese exclusive act that banned Chinese from immigrating to theUnited States. Japanese and Mexicans were also banned. However, somelimitations were given to the Chinese and Japanese.
For instance, the Chineseindividuals who were claiming citizenship through parents were allowed in. Thisresulted in urban migration in the U.S not being fueled by the immigrants (ClassNotes: National Origins Act).The upcoming of the new automobile in the U.Shas had a lot of impacts on the country. Most of these impacts are positive tothe residents and the government.
For instance, they have led to the expansionof businesses and suburbanization (Class Notes: The Automobile Age). The suburbshave grown at a very fast rate and outpaced the cities. Many shopping centersand industries have grown as a result of this automobile. This came along witha lot of social changes in the country.