Tutor profile: Kasey C.
Subject: World History
How did the Neolithic Revolution impact human history?
As early man slowly developed the skills and knowledge of farming, their entire way of life was altered. Humans went from living a nomadic lifestyle of hunting and gathering, to living in settled villages where they could farm and domesticate animals. As these new methods produced more food, the population steadily increased, leading to larger and larger groups of people. Their new ways of getting food required less time and energy, meaning people began to have leisure time and develop new skills. New specialized jobs such as jewelry making, weapons making, house building, and animal tending developed leading to more division of labor within communities. People were able to organize more efficiently and eventually developed into large civilizations. Without the development of agriculture and the shift to the new Neolithic Era, humans would have been unable to sustain large populations and create new roles and jobs in society.
Subject: US History
Why was the era of the 1880s-1900s labeled "The Gilded Age"?
The term Gilded refers to something of poor quality covered with fake gold, so that it looks better than it actually is. This term accurately reflects the end of 20th century America as it was a period of great economic and social inequality which was overshadowed by high levels of technological innovation, economic growth, and the rise of big business. The new technologies like Bessemer steel and electricity set off a new industrial age in America where entrepreneurs became increasingly wealthy (leading to a new elite wealthy class) and created a demand for workers leading to an era of quick urbanization. As more and more Americans moved into the cities and immigrants sailed to America, the country was unable to support the influx of people to the cities. This led to problems of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions for the nation's poor. While the lowest class Americans struggled to make ends meet, the wealthy businessmen continued to take advantage of them, accruing even more wealth , and the corrupt laissez faire politicians ignored the problems of society. While some of America's greatest innovations, leaders, and changes occurred during this period, underneath was a level of corruption and inequality that rivals any other decade in American history.
Subject: African History
How did the Harlem Renaissance impact racial dynamics in the 1920s?
As art, music, literature, etc came out of Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, African American artists gained attention from both the white and black communities. For many African Americans, exposure to such a high level of artistic talent created a new sense of pride in their own culture. Rather than focusing on poor conditions the race faced, the movement embraced the positives of the culture while bringing attention to the inequalities African Americans faced. The movement also brought positive contributions of African Americans to white society, creating a new level of exposure and appreciation. White Americans found themselves consuming African American music, literature, and art for the first time and helped lead to more acceptance and appreciation for African American culture and people.
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