The American presence began to grow throughout Mexico and it grew even stronger after the U. S civil war. This was happening because the Union Generals such as Grant and Sherman were leading the establishments of may of the major RailRoads because of their victory of the South. The souths defeat was a key reason why they did not have a strong influential presence on the New American Frontier like the North Did. Americas presence was strongly influenced when President Lincoln chose Tom Scott as a Secretary of War and Procurement. Scotts influence was very strong because he was a well connected man.
He was the President of the Penns RR which was the #1 industrial corporation of the world which gave him many financial allies. Scotts job was to organize all of the necessary contacts(bringing all the financial elites together). Moses Taylor was a big financial elite. He was the Pres. Of Citibank, and he also managed the Aster Empire. John Jacob Aster specialized in Frontier capitalism. The citibank was the primary force for the American Frontier. American Presence became even stronger because of all the different technologies needed.
It took a lot of hardwork and a lot of know how in order to build thing such as RRs. Griswall invented the Bessemer Patent(which hardened rails) which caused conflict with the financial allies because he was a southerner. I mention this in particular because this is one critical patent that came from the south. One the contrary, most patents came from the north and in Britain because they were more high tech than the south and had more financial capital (most Financial elites empires backed North) as well. Without financial capital and the know-how, it would have been hard to build such things as RRs.
Many critical components went into the building of RRs. The engines themselves required a lot of skill. Manufacturers needed steel as well as boilers; a critical part and took a lot of skill to build. It required professional welders in order to make the steel to withstand such high pressures. Utilitarianism was the Norths argument against slavery. Jeremy Bennett said ” the greatest good for the greatest # of people. That was very indictive of the American Attitudes in the 1860s. The U. S thought that Mexico was a great business opportunity because of their great resources and financial instability.
The financial elites began controlling Mexico by purchasing war bonds in the late 1860s. The utilitarianism idea was used by Americans because they did not think that Mexico was getting the good for the greatest # of People. It was a contradiction because U. S says it as a way to make money of the Mexicos cheap labor force. This goes to show that the u. s Morality is very selective. Another Key to the American Presence was the interactive process between political governments and strong industrial capital. During, the Mexican Civil War, Mexicans failed to pay back their debts.
So American Financial elites got word to the President and they wanted either the Mexicans money or their concessions. The President sent Rosecrantz on his behalf to Mexico to talk about the severity of the problem that they have with debt. Rosecrantz went to the Kennedy national Bank before going to Mexico. Diaz went to James Stillman in New York and convinced the elites to end the reign of lerdo. Diaz wanted to end the raids with his rangers. The Mexicans thought Diaz was going to to start a Revolution and Demanded that he be arrested.