This did cause struggles in the beginning, but eventually paid off in the future by creating more equal politics. When these major events occurred in the Gilded Age, it caused periods of success, failure, and sometimes overall no change. Some outcomes of these new ideas being formed caused corruption, but led to the government and politics becoming much stronger and more organized. Most of the ideas published wanted to increase wealth and rivalries between businesses. Even though the Gilded Age benefited with the reforms created and fell with it’s poor use of money, it helped create the way we run our government
The Gilded Age is a figurative label of the 1870 to 1890 era dubbed from Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner’s novel (GML 615). The label attempts to address the deceivingly lustrous view of America that concealed the rampant corruption, oppressive treatment and gaping inequality experienced during the era. The luster derived from rapid industrial growth that came to be known as the ‘Second Industrial Revolution’. By 1880, the number of railroad trucks in the U.S had tripled. This facilitated expansion of mining and agricultural commerce and paved the way for a national market for manufactures commodities.
To some the Gilded Age was a time of great success and job opportunities. To others it was a time of constantly wondering whether or not they were going to have a job that or day, or if they were going to be fired and then replaced by a machine or a another worker who could do the labor for a cheaper price. Jay Gould, a wealthy business owner, tells us about his success and how other people are not as successful because they did not work hard enough or there own misfortunes. Thomas O’Donnell, a textile mill worker, tells about the hardships he and his family goes through besides him constantly working. It can be argued that the economic achievements of the Gilded Age looked different from the eyes of a shop floor worker, compared to the eyes of a corner office business owner.
Farmers and Industrial Workers in the Gilded Age In a time when industrialization was booming, immigrants were racing towards the “American Dream”, and cities were growing towards the sky, the United States was thriving. As a country, the United States went from rural, to mostly urban, which made America “the world’s largest industrial power” as stated by John Green. Since the U.S. had become mostly urban, this left the very few rural workers (farmers), and even some of the industrial workers unhappy. This period of industrialization is called the Gilded Age than spans from 1865 to 1900.The farmers and industrial workers responded to the Gilded Age in significantly negative ways including unions against their authority, strikes and political
Industrialists were the cause of the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was urbanization, industrializing, and moving west. They made a great impact on the United States of America because of the change of agriculture to industrialization. The major growth in society was because of the Industrialists moving away from farming to factories. Although the Gilded Age may seem like a clean cut time period on the outside, it was actually very destroyed underneath.
During the “Gilded Age”, America made numerous improvements to the functions and development of society. This was a time of renaissance in the United States, shortly after leaving a state of depression caused by the civil war and the reconstruction of our nation from World War I. We made break thorough advancements and improvements that allowed us to be where we are today. The “Gilded Age” was pivotal to the growth of our nation as a whole and led us to be as developed as we are. The three most important improvements to America through the “Gilded Age” were industrialization, transportation, and the appearance of wealth.
The Gilded era was comprised of lots of private funding by big businesses, which limited government involvement and gave increased power to the big business. Political machines were an example of private business and corruption. Political machines provide the cites needs while increasing in profit. Document 5 and document 7 showcases this stance for increased government involvement. Document 7 shows the divide within a city, while document 5 speaks about monopolies and trust.
Corporate greedy and corrupt politicians were specific problems and injustices that were present in American life during the late 1800s and early 1900s however these were addressed during the progressive era with laws and regulations. Throughout the gilded era corrupt politicians and corporate greedy allowed the upper class and businessmen to take advantage of the working class. This means that a majority of the population were hurt during the gilded age whereas a small percentage benefitted. As seen in document 1, living conditions were crowded, dirty, and unsafe. This was caused by the lack of regulations and laws which allowed businessmen to get away with paying their employees unethically low wages without benefits.