History Of The Gilded Age

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By the time 1877 rolled around, the United States was in shambles from the divides and chaos of the Civil War. The Civil War ended in 1865, but it took over a decade before the United States could somewhat reconstruct itself. The years of 1877 and 1900, was the most paramount and vital times in American history. Richard White, from The Gilder Lehrman, so brilliantly mentioned, “They set in motion developments that would shape the country for generations—the reunification of the South and North, the integration of four million newly freed African Americans, westward expansion, immigration, industrialization, urbanization.” (White) During this time period, The New South, The New West, and The Industrializing Northwest had its fair share of…show more content…
“Through such measures as the Homestead and Railroad Acts of 1862, the government redistributed the vast majority of communal lands possessed by American Indian tribes to railroad corporations and white farmer” (Richard White). These actions are being led to several wars with the American Indians and forced some to Canada. This new era was term “Gilded Age” by the historians in the 1920s. Which came from one of Mark Twain’s lesser known novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. The Gilded Age in the United States was from 1870s to about 1900. This was an era of rapid economic growth, mainly in the North and West. As a result, American wages were a lot higher than countries such as Europe, workers migrate to the United States by the millions. In turn, cause the wages to grow rapidly. The most affect in the Gilded Age was the railroads. However, the Gilded Age was also an era known for poverty and discrimination against…show more content…
Because of what devastating effects the Civil War had on a nation’s economy and how America responded. While at the same time, immigrants was still attractive to becoming an United States citizen. The United States was destroyed, and so was their economy. The next couple of decades, the United States economy started to prosper. The economy was growing at such a fast pace, immigrants from the likes of Europe found migrating to America to be attractive. In turn, that ordeal was a bad thing, while at the same time, America could benefit from the new comers. The major issue that arose with all the new immigrants, was it created more people, while having the same amount of jobs. So that led to many people being unemployed. On the other hand, regardless, jobs were easier to get filled and money was to be made. Mind you, they probably were aware of the chaos of post-Civil War and still found America more attractive than their respectful

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