Mid to late 1800s 1. Economic uncertainty 2. Struggle between religion and technological advances 3. Rapidly changing industrial markets 4. Division and struggle between agriculture and urban growth 5. Polarized political ideologies, and increased radicalization 6. Population booms in urban areas 7. Increased Violence 8. Increased skepticism towards government 9. Decreased literacy 10. Increased economic colonization and foreign natural resource exploitation 11. Moral degradation
1850 to 1900 is arguably the worst period of American history. In school we learned this was a phase of "growing pains". Ironic isn't it?
The society is still organized in to a class system, with a small number of wealthy people at the top and the larger poorer masses at the bottom. Like in the 1800s, the owners of the means of production form a very small percentage of the population.
People still get their news via a newspaper, although that is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Those Amish folks are still doing their thing like usual. (And how they keep doing it is a big mystery to me.) Procreating the old fasioned way is still in fasion--The Brave New World has yet to arrive, but keep on doing things without thinking folks, and it will arrive a lot sooner than you expect.