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A Comparison of The Standards of Living in The Late 19th Century Ant The 21st Century: A Letter to My Great Grandfather

 

Hey Great Grandpa, I hope this finds you well. I would have communicated to you using other means but I am sure that if I sent you an E-mail or a text message it would probably never reach you. That is why I am writing you this letter using pen and paper just to inform you of the great milestones we have achieved since your time to date. I talked to Great Uncle Tony and asked him to describe to me how life was like during the late 19th Century, just around the time you were my age and I got quite meaningful insights as to the condition of life then.

One of the salient differences that I have learnt about life around your time and life now is how different your infrastructure was then. I hear that the main economic activity prevalent in your era is farming. I also hear that there have been a few improvements in terms of mechanization of farming through several inventions such as the mechanical reaper invented by John Deere and the steel plough. I have also been informed that an inventor by the name Charles Goodnight has invented a machine known as the chuck wagon that is used to store food supply (Richard , 2000). A lot has changes since your time Great Grandpa! For instance, we have diversified our economic activities and ventures into various other fields of practice. This has been fueled by industrialization and technological advancement. By this, I mean that we have managed to invent machines that have enables us to make work easier and perform tasks with much more efficiency and ease than before. This is not to say that we do not farm like you. However, through research and development we have been able to develop new methods of farming to improve productivity.A Comparison of The Standards of Living in The Late 19th Century Ant The 21st Century

For instance, instead of the mechanical reaper that you use, we use tractors with special ploughs attached to them to plough vast fields. We have also come up with innovative ways to ensure that crops are resistant to drought and diseases. We call this field biotechnology. Even harvesting of crops in large farms is sometimes done using machines known as combine harvesters. What this has led to is improved food security hence ensuring that there is enough to feed the large population that is much bigger that was at your time Great Grandpa.

I also asked great uncle Tony about the way in which you travelled and how you communicated with each other during your time. I think that you will be glad to know that the automobile, commonly referred to as cars today, much like the one invented by George Baldwin in 1876, has been improved and is a major and common means of transport. In fact, the use of cars is not restricted to a few wealthy citizens as it was during your time (Robert, 2017). Also, like you, we use rail transport, however unlike the steam engine trains that you use, we use modern electric trains that are much faster and environmentally friendly. Also, the Telegraph that you use to communicate is near extinct today. We now use an intricate system known as the internet that allows us to communicate through emails and other electronic means. We also have handheld devices known as cellphones that allow us to communicate with others all over the world. As you can see Great Grandpa, a lot has changed!A Comparison of The Standards of Living in The Late 19th Century Ant The 21st Century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richard , E. (2000). The Worldwide Standard of Living in America Since 1800. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 7-16.

Robert, G. (2017). The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War. Princeton University Press.