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Unit 6

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August-September 1900 Category 4 Hurricane hit Galveston, Texas - killed 8000 people
January 1901 Oil was discovered at Spindletop hill near Beaumont, Texas
Boomtown A time of high production and high employment and growth of city in and around it
Boom and Bust Economic theory where economy is sometimes in a period of increased production and then goes into a period of low production swinging back and forth over time.
Women's Suffrage Movement A reform movement to get women the right to vote
Temperance Movement A reform movement to eliminate the making, selling, and distribution of alcoholic beverages-resulted in the 18th Amendment
Progressive Movement A time period of reform by primarily urban residents in order to clean up the workplace and society from the ill effects of industrialization such as pollution and overcrowding, but also to rid the government of corruption and prevent monopolies.
Populist Primarily made up of rural residents such as farmers and ranchers who wanted government to better represent their interests such as regulating big business, better prices for their products, government loans, and selling of land by big businesses.
Urbanization When cities or urban areas grew tremendously from boom cycles in the economy such as oil - people moved to the cities to get closer to their jobs. By 1950 most people lived in urban areas.
Petrochemicals Industries that sprang off of oil such as plastics, synthetics, rubber, paints, etc. Created more jobs for people and contributed to urbanization.
Petroleum A yellowish black gooey liquid that is made up of decomposed plants and animals that is used as a fuel source. Also known as oil.
University of Texas and Texas A&M These two universities were given 2,000,000 acres of land by the Texas legislature. Oil was discovered on these lands and it made the universities very wealthy. This contributed to giving more people an opportunity for a higher education statewide.
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