From the era of Reconstruction to the end of the 19th century, the United States underwent an economic transformation marked by the maturing of the industrial economy, the rapid expansion of big business, the development of large-scale agriculture, and the rise of national labor unions and industrial conflict.

The late nineteenth century saw the rise of "big business" in important areas of economic activity. ("Big" … Railroads were the first "big businesses" in the United States. … In the case of meatpacking, by 1900 thousands of local butchers found themselves squeezed, because they were less efficient than the Chicago packers.

Jul 1, 2014 – Definition and Summary of the Rise of Big Business in America Summary and Definition: The term 'Big Business' originated in the late 1800's commercial as a derogatory term for large corporations and unfair business practices. The term was applied to large corporations that by mergers and acquisitions …

The Rise of Industrial America (1876-1900) timeline covers westward expansion, immigration, urbanization, industrialization, labor and railroad with primary sources from American Memory.

12.1, Big Business in the Industrial Age … After the Civil War, these corporations came to dominate much of American business, and, in the process, to define American life. The era of Big Business … It was not until the early 1900s that government began to enforce the Sherman Antitrust regulatory policies in full. The Growth …

Jan 1, 2007 – Railroads were America's first big business and did much to advance industrialization. Between 1870 and 1890, the amount of railroad track laid in America grew almost 200%. By 1900, America had more track than Europe and Russia combined (Roark 445). When America's first transcontinental railroad …

Apr 12, 2017 – Figure 18.1 The Electrical Building, constructed in 1892 for the World's Columbian Exposition, included displays from General Electric and Westinghouse, and introduced the American public to alternating current and neon lights. The Chicago World's Fair, as the universal exposition was more commonly …