Background In the last quarter of the 19th Century, the Ind

Background: In the last quarter of the 19th Century, the IndustrialRevolution was in full swing; however, with the business boom came anumber of concerns, including corporate influence in politics and wavesof immigration, as well as a middle class in apparent decline. Thesedevelopments seemed to threaten to alter the character of Americansociety as new technologies introduced new social problems, as well asoffering new opportunities. The rise of captains of industry (or robberbarons), with their sway of politicians, created a widespread feelingamong common Americans that they had had lost control of theirgovernment.