Life in The 1900s Essay

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Life in The 1900s


Thesis

Life in the 1900's was depressing and was an era filled with extremely hard and
strenous work that didn't offer any future for the average canadian in doing
better. If you were an average wage earner you would be virtually stuck in the
same job for the rest of your life, while rich maintained their wealth mainly
caused by the low taxes. Living conditions were poor for average canadians and
even worse for the arriving immigrants. At this time some of the modern
convienences were just being invented and even if it were for sale only the
extremely rich had the option of purchasing the items. Sports being very new, in
the aspect of it being organized was small time compared to present day.

Travelling required time and was uncomfortable. Only the rich could have the
luxurious accomadations for those long journeys. Many jobs were available to
most people but you were under constant scrutiny while working and would have to
be willing to do any thing the boss wanted. I believe my friends and I would
most likely resent and despise it if we had to live in the 1900's.

During the 1900's horses played a significant role in the everyday life. A horse
drawn carriage would bring a docter to the house of where a baby would be born.
A hearse was pulled by horses to the cemetery when somebody died. Farmers used
them to pull their ploughs while town dwellers kept them for transportation
around town. Horses puled delivery wagons for businesses such as bakery, dairy,
and coal company. Horses pulled fire engines through the streets in a fire
emergency.

The bicycle was widely accepted by canadians because of its easy maintence
compared to a horse. The bike allowed an option of transportation. The bicycle
also gave a sense of freedom to virtually anybody willing to learn.

Henry Ford revolutionized the world we live in by inventing the "horseless
carriage", if it had not been for him, instead of taking the GO bus in the
morning we'd be riding a horse named Wanda. Not only did his invention offer a
method of transportation to the public, but it helped with our emergency
services such as fire engines, police cars, and ambulances. Now we have a large
variety of cars to choose from varying in size and price. He also brought a
large profitable industry to North America...The car industry. Back then there
weren't many problems that they created. Today, we have our deteriorating ozone
layer, poisonous chemicals that come from exhaust fumes (CO2)(Carbon Monoxide).
Not to mention the traffic accidents, parking problems and traffic jams in
downtown Toronto.

11 years previous to WW I Orville and Wilbur Wright made a successful flight in
the first airplane at the beach of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Although the
flight only lasted 12 seconds it would change the way we see the world.

The telephone allowed the houseneeds to be satisfied without leaving they're
homes. Women received an oppurtunity to work as a a switch board operator.

I don't know if I can stress the importance of Marconi's invention enough. But I
can say, that without it not only would there be no T.V. or radio there would be
a lot of unemployed people right now(even more unemployed than now!!!). The
reason for that is radio provides people with jobs such as DJ's, musical
programmers etc. Also, radio is a major form of advertising, without it there
would not be as many advertising agencies or as many positions in this field.
Without T.V., advertising agencies would also face the same consequences. T.V.
provides millions of people with employment in commercials, T.V. shows, and
movies.

Baseball was the most popular sport in the United States where the World Series
began in 1903. Tom Longboat was born in Brantford, Ontario and was known for
outrunning a horse over a 19 km coarse. He set a record of 2 hours, 24 min and
24 seconds when he ran the Boston Marathon.

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