The abolitionism movement achieved success in the 19th century. In New England invehicles were few, roads were generally rutted and rudimentary, and traveling any distance was both slow and difficult.
However the constituencies had not been changed for centuries and they no longer reflected the distribution of the population.
For one thing it lacked middle class support and had no support among MPs. Americans turned as well to the massive infrastructure project of canal building, as the British had done decades earlier. Children aged 13 to 18 must not work for more than 69 hours a week.
Low wages were supplemented with money raised by a poor rate. Britain also took Burma in stages during the 19th century.
They also believed that countries should trade without import duties. Readers will find in these pages many perspectives on the culture, the arts, the economy, the politics, and the conditions of ordinary life in the United States during the period between the Civil War and World War I.
Daily Life in the Industrial United States, by Julie Husband; Jim O'Loughlin Introduction : "I felt everything get bigger and go quicker every day" -- The city -- The railroad -- The factory and organized labor responses -- Housework, houses, and women at home -- Childhood and family life -- Consumer culture -- Leisure and entertainment -- Education and health care -- Religious and civic life -- Conclusion : not the Gilded Age.