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.

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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. Jan
22/1901 Queen Victoria died at the age of 63 years. The
Queens reign stretched across the globe. With her death
came modernization. In the early 1900’s horses were being
used extensivley for all transportating duties and some
manual labor jobs. A few years later the bicycle hit Canada
and presented the Canadians with a better option of
transportation mainly because of the simplicity of maintence.

During these other discoveries the automobile was being
perfected for use by the general public. By the 1920’s the
automobile was no longer a rich man’s toy and was being
used by many people. 1903 saw the first succesful flight fo
the airplane bh Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk,
North Carolina. At about the same time Alexander Graham
Bell invented the telephone in Nova Scotia. By the turn of
the century telephones had uses increased from ordering
household goods to supplying jobs for women and men.

1901, Signal Hill in St.John’s Newfoundland Guglielmo
Marcone received the first radio signal sent across the
Atlantic Ocean. 20 years would elasped before radio
broadcasting becomes mass entertainment. First movies
were seen in the 19th century. 20 years will pass till speaking
films arrive. 1903 the United States had their first World
Series. In Canada, Tom Longboat was a famous runner who
was famous for running faster than a horse on a 19 km
course. Later to be proclaimed the worlds best marathoner.

In the early 1900’s modern covienences were just being
available like bathrooms, electric washing machines, sewing
machines, electric hearing aids, vacuum cleaners. The very
fortuanate who could afford these items would order them
from the Eaton’s Catologue. All types of goods could be
ordered in the Eaton’s Catologue from fence posts to
fashionable hats. The time period between 1901 and 1911
almost 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 the
Confederation. The railway boom in 1903-1904 helped
elevate the employment. Materials needed to build the
railways and the transporting of the materials started the
industrialization. Urbanization led to a serious problem of
overcrowding. The three economic classes were the rich,
average, and the immigrants. With low taxes this allowed the
rich to spend on frivalous items such as horse and carriages.

In contrast the average would only use their money for the
neccessities in survival. At the bottom were the immigrants
that were forced to live in unsanitary conditions and dank,
damp basements. Not only were there differences of wealth
or lack of but there was a difference in women and men’s
treatment. For example women did not have the freedom to
enter pool room’s, taverns and even bowling allies. Choices
for women were working in stores and factories. Even if you
came from a rich family your choices would have been
nursing or teaching. Coming from a poor family women
tended to just become a domestic servent. Women didn’t
have the right to vote like the men. In 1876 Dr Emily Stowe
formed Toronto Women’s Literary Club(TWLC). The
purpose of this club was to inform women of their rights and
to help secure women’s rights. This group persuaded U of T
to admit women in 1866. Also improved wages and working
conditions. Womens Christian Temperence Union(WCTU)
their goal was to combat problems created by alcohol in the
society. A great social speaker Nellie Mclung received her
start in WCTU to lead in the fight for equal freedom and for
womens rights. Conclusion After discovering information
about the 1900’s I have come to the conclusion that in the
1900’s was both good and bad. It was good because of the
rising industries thus raising the economy. The main industries
working for Canada were the railways, and road building.

These industries provided needed jobs and the materials
needed to complete these projects helped Canada grow
even more. Low taxes meant you could pay for more
important expenditures than paying to the government. The
bad part of the 1900’s was the three living standards in how
most people were the poor and very little were rich. The
modern convienences were not available to everyone in the
early 1900’s because these devices would have been very
expensive caused by the newness of the products. Even
though were guys I can see how women would have
despised the fact that you were not able to vote or enter any
buildings without checking it if it’s not a tavern, pool room,
and a bowling alley. Due to these outsanding points that
stuck first in my mind I have changed my mind and believe it
was both good and bad.

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