Thesis Life in the 1900’s was depressing and was an erafilled with extremely hard and strenous work that didn’t offerany future for the average canadian in doing better. If youwere an average wage earner you would be virtually stuck inthe same job for the rest of your life, while rich maintainedtheir wealth mainly caused by the low taxes. Livingconditions were poor for average canadians and even worsefor the arriving immigrants. At this time some of the modernconvienences were just being invented and even if it were forsale only the extremely rich had the option of purchasing theitems. Sports being very new, in the aspect of it beingorganized was small time compared to present day.
Travelling required time and was uncomfortable. Only therich could have the luxurious accomadations for those longjourneys. Many jobs were available to most people but youwere under constant scrutiny while working and would haveto be willing to do any thing the boss wanted. I believe myfriends and I would most likely resent and despise it if wehad to live in the 1900’s. During the 1900’s horses played asignificant role in the everyday life.
A horse drawn carriagewould bring a docter to the house of where a baby would beborn. A hearse was pulled by horses to the cemetery whensomebody died. Farmers used them to pull their ploughswhile town dwellers kept them for transportation aroundtown. Horses puled delivery wagons for businesses such asbakery, dairy, and coal company. Horses pulled fire enginesthrough the streets in a fire emergency.
The bicycle waswidely accepted by canadians because of its easy maintencecompared to a horse. The bike allowed an option oftransportation. The bicycle also gave a sense of freedom tovirtually anybody willing to learn. Henry Ford revolutionizedthe world we live in by inventing the “horseless carriage”, if ithad not been for him, instead of taking the GO bus in themorning we’d be riding a horse named Wanda. Not only didhis invention offer a method of transportation to the public,but it helped with our emergency services such as fireengines, police cars, and ambulances.
Now we have a largevariety of cars to choose from varying in size and price. Healso brought a large profitable industry to NorthAmerica…The car industry. Back then there weren’t manyproblems that they created. Today, we have ourdeteriorating ozone layer, poisonous chemicals that comefrom exhaust fumes (CO2)(Carbon Monoxide).
Not tomention the traffic accidents, parking problems and trafficjams in downtown Toronto. 11 years previous to WW IOrville and Wilbur Wright made a successful flight in the firstairplane at the beach of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.Although the flight only lasted 12 seconds it would changethe way we see the world. The telephone allowed thehouseneeds to be satisfied without leaving they’re homes.Women received an oppurtunity to work as a a switchboard operator.
I don’t know if I can stress the importanceof Marconi’s invention enough. But I can say, that without itnot only would there be no T.V. or radio there would be alot of unemployed people right now(even more unemployedthan now!!!). The reason for that is radio provides peoplewith jobs such as DJ’s, musical programmers etc. Also,radio is a major form of advertising, without it there wouldnot be as many advertising agencies or as many positions inthis field. Without T.V.
, advertising agencies would also facethe same consequences. T.V. provides millions of peoplewith employment in commercials, T.
V. shows, and movies.Baseball was the most popular sport in the United Stateswhere the World Series began in 1903. Tom Longboat wasborn in Brantford, Ontario and was known for outrunning ahorse over a 19 km coarse. He set a record of 2 hours, 24min and 24 seconds when he ran the Boston Marathon. Jan22/1901 Queen Victoria died at the age of 63 years. TheQueens reign stretched across the globe.
With her deathcame modernization. In the early 1900’s horses were beingused extensivley for all transportating duties and somemanual labor jobs. A few years later the bicycle hit Canadaand presented the Canadians with a better option oftransportation mainly because of the simplicity of maintence.During these other discoveries the automobile was beingperfected for use by the general public. By the 1920’s theautomobile was no longer a rich man’s toy and was beingused by many people.
1903 saw the first succesful flight fothe airplane bh Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk,North Carolina. At about the same time Alexander GrahamBell invented the telephone in Nova Scotia. By the turn ofthe century telephones had uses increased from orderinghousehold goods to supplying jobs for women and men.1901, Signal Hill in St.John’s Newfoundland GuglielmoMarcone received the first radio signal sent across theAtlantic Ocean. 20 years would elasped before radiobroadcasting becomes mass entertainment. First movieswere seen in the 19th century. 20 years will pass till speakingfilms arrive.
1903 the United States had their first WorldSeries. In Canada, Tom Longboat was a famous runner whowas famous for running faster than a horse on a 19 kmcourse. Later to be proclaimed the worlds best marathoner.In the early 1900’s modern covienences were just beingavailable like bathrooms, electric washing machines, sewingmachines, electric hearing aids, vacuum cleaners. The veryfortuanate who could afford these items would order themfrom the Eaton’s Catologue. All types of goods could beordered in the Eaton’s Catologue from fence posts tofashionable hats. The time period between 1901 and 1911almost 2 million people immigrated to Canada from Europe,Britain and the United States.
Due to the population growth,in 1905 Alberta and Saskatchewan became apart of theConfederation. The railway boom in 1903-1904 helpedelevate the employment. Materials needed to build therailways and the transporting of the materials started theindustrialization. Urbanization led to a serious problem ofovercrowding. The three economic classes were the rich,average, and the immigrants. With low taxes this allowed therich to spend on frivalous items such as horse and carriages.
In contrast the average would only use their money for theneccessities in survival. At the bottom were the immigrantsthat were forced to live in unsanitary conditions and dank,damp basements. Not only were there differences of wealthor lack of but there was a difference in women and men’streatment. For example women did not have the freedom toenter pool room’s, taverns and even bowling allies. Choicesfor women were working in stores and factories.
Even if youcame from a rich family your choices would have beennursing or teaching. Coming from a poor family womentended to just become a domestic servent. Women didn’thave the right to vote like the men. In 1876 Dr Emily Stoweformed Toronto Women’s Literary Club(TWLC). Thepurpose of this club was to inform women of their rights andto help secure women’s rights. This group persuaded U of Tto admit women in 1866.
Also improved wages and workingconditions. Womens Christian Temperence Union(WCTU)their goal was to combat problems created by alcohol in thesociety. A great social speaker Nellie Mclung received herstart in WCTU to lead in the fight for equal freedom and forwomens rights.
Conclusion After discovering informationabout the 1900’s I have come to the conclusion that in the1900’s was both good and bad. It was good because of therising industries thus raising the economy. The main industriesworking for Canada were the railways, and road building.These industries provided needed jobs and the materialsneeded to complete these projects helped Canada groweven more. Low taxes meant you could pay for moreimportant expenditures than paying to the government. Thebad part of the 1900’s was the three living standards in howmost people were the poor and very little were rich. Themodern convienences were not available to everyone in theearly 1900’s because these devices would have been veryexpensive caused by the newness of the products. Eventhough were guys I can see how women would havedespised the fact that you were not able to vote or enter anybuildings without checking it if it’s not a tavern, pool room,and a bowling alley.
Due to these outsanding points thatstuck first in my mind I have changed my mind and believe itwas both good and bad.