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    The Gilded Age

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    The Gilded Age gets its name from a book by Mark Twain called The Gilded Age: a Tale of Today. It was written in 1873, and unfortunately was not that successful. While the Gilded Age conjures up visions of ostentatious displays of wealth and decorative parties, the over all topic was politics. The book gives an extremely negative assessment of the state of American democracy at that time. Which does not come as a huge surprise coming from Twain, who famously said "It could probably be shown by facts

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    troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” When Mark Twain and Charles Dudley coined the phrase ‘gilded age’ to describe what they saw in the late 19th century I’m sure they would agree wholeheartedly with Mr. O’Rourke. What does it mean ‘gilded age’? Gilded means to coat with a thin layer of gold, which I’m sure almost always is covering an inferior product. When one thinks of America one of the first thoughts that pop into

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    The Gilded Age

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    Throughout the Gilded Age, the perception of American society did not always match reality. One of the most prominent myths at this time stated that if you worked hard, you will be successful. This lore is distinguished in Horatio Alger’s American fable “The World Before Him”. Alger’s stories suggested that the luck of those who were successful can be attributed to their hard work. The Captains of Industry said that the more a laborer worked, the greater the success they will achieve. The perception

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    The Gilded Age

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    transformation that lead to it being the world's foremost industrial power. Although the changes in the American life opened new possibilities, most old opportunites vanished or ended in tragedy. The 19th century in America was referred often as the Gilded Age. The Gilded age is described as a period of serious social problems and divisions that displayed the shallow admiration of fortune. By the turn

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    Gilded Age

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    The Gilded Age refers to a time in American History where there was massive economic growth, technological advances, and developments in pop culture. Even so many Americans felt that these developments were pretentious and that underneath all this change and prosperity laid the harsh realities of urban cities, political corruption, and the exploitation of laborers. However there were attempts to better those that obstructed the jewel-like aspect of America. There was an immense growth within the

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    in the United States. This rapid industrialization, often referred to as the Gilded Age, was due to the discovery of extensive amounts of natural resources (coal, iron ore, copper, lead, timber, oil), a growing population of American families and immigrants, an abundant labor supply, an advanced transportation network, and the development of new technology, which all had a huge effect on American society. The Gilded Age led to the rise of industrial capitalism, and was characterized by corruption

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    America's Gilded Age

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    America's Gilded Age Simply by having different people with different interests such as is required for a nation to exist, a variety of conditions and situations separating the people is imminent. Often some are successful while others are not causing a view that the people are not all equal. Particularly in a governmental and economic system so competitive as America, this leads to contrasting interests, which in turn develop into a cycle. This consists of a rotation of periods for public development

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    Essay On The Gilded Age

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    Armando Martinez 4/19/2014 The Gilded Age consisted of many new technological advancements such as the railroad. The gilded age is a time period where technology started increasing, many more jobs opened up. Also since there were more jobs the American wages were even higher then in Europe which caused many immigrants to migrate to the United Staes. However, the Gilded Age was also an era of poverty as very poor European immigrants came in to find jobs but the high wages were for skilled American

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    Moral ambiguity and political paralysis are two phrases that perfectly describe the confusing time of the Gilded Age. Cornered by big business, the United States was beginning to feel the effects, good and bad, of this domination from Trusts and Monopolies. Yet a conclusion must be met, did theses Monopolies hurt or help society as a whole, and history has decided that these gargantuan Enterprises were the bane of the late 1800’s. Now this may be dismissed as an opinion, yet one thing was certain

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    entrepreneurs and business people of the time, because there was money to be made in this desire for amusement. Of course, this was not the whole story of the new Gilded Age, but it was definitely an era of growing leisure time and the business that came along with it. One of the most popular forms of entertainment during the Gilded Age was theater, particularly Vaudeville, which was a type of variety theater prominent in late 19th century America. Of course, similar types of variety shows had existed

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