By John C. Putman
This publication lines the interaction of sophistication, gender, and politics in progressive-era Seattle, Washington through the formative interval of industrialization and the institution of a countrywide marketplace economic climate. With the fast westward growth of the capitalist industry by way of the sunrise of the 20 th century, nationwide political and financial pressures considerably reworked either urban and quarter. regardless of the region's substantial traditional assets, the West had a hugely urbanized inhabitants, surpassing even that of the economic Northeast. Westerners celebrated the region's wide-open areas, or even notwithstanding a wide a part of the West's economic system used to be headquartered within the mines, fields, and forests, such a lot selected to reside within the urban. towns therefore witnessed the intersection of sophistication, gender, and political reform as citizens struggled to
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Workers, skilled and unskilled, journeyed west both to help build the new railroads and to take advantage of the higher real wages that western cities such as Seattle offered. In particular, the np brought to the Sound many more single young men whose ancestors harked from Ireland, Italy, and Sweden. As late as 1900, 64 percent of the Seattle residents were male. Seattle, as the Sound’s main commercial center, attracted many of these young rootless men during the cold wet winter months to partake of various pleasures found in the city’s red-light district.
Over the next several years, the Puget Sound Cooperative Colony kept close ties with the Knights of Labor in Seattle and the surrounding area. Colonists also came to the aid of numerous reform measures ranging from the eight-hour day to woman suffrage. The settlement, however, seemed to lose direction and soon strayed from its mission. 4 The collapse of the Puget Sound Cooperative Colony did not leave Puget Sound less attractive to other radicals. At the turn of the century, Washington’s “hospitable political, social, and economic atmosphere” made the state a major destination for utopians and labor radicals.
Banks represented one of the greatest indicators of this windfall. In 1898, total deposits in Seattle banks stood at only $7 million, but by 1906 they had reached $60 million. 11 Retail sales likewise reflected this surging business activity, as grocery and hardware sales more than doubled in the first year following the strike. Seattle’s economic growth during the first decade of the twentieth century also produced an exceptionally healthy real estate climate. In 1900, twenty-four new business blocks were developed, and the assessed land value in the city nearly quadrupled from 1900 to 1907.
Class And Gender Politics In Progressive-Era Seattle (The Urban West Series) by John C. Putman