Social Darwinism In The Gilded Age Essay

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Darwinism, the idea that there is one superior race that takes the prize over all others. Generations have believed this, over countless years, multiple races were in conflict trying to prove that they were the one that was chosen to be the best. Arriving in the new world, Columbus and the other settlers helped to prove this by showing that they were more fit to rule the new territory. Superiorly, some people may believe that because the Native Americans were not immune to the diseases that came from the Old World, then it was proven that they were the superior breed of homo sapiens. Natives to the New World were also not as technologically advanced, which again to those people, made them believe just that much more that they were the senior group. Andrew Carnegie helped to disprove this belief when he, a scottish immigrant, made his way through poverty to become one of the richest and most powerful people in the world. However, when you look at occurrences like the Dawes Act with the Americans Indians, and the Plessy versus Ferguson trial with Homer Plessy, it is hard to see past the idealistic view that was implanted in their minds about ethnicity. Therefore, the ideology of social darwinism had a major impact on the society during the Gilded Age.…show more content…
Universities are one of the main places that have fallen victim to the pressure that was put on them to make everyone look equal, they are under pressure to make sure they do not come off as racially biased. Therefore, when you think about the acceptance rate of universities you can see that it is more likely for non-white people to get into the school, because they have to make sure they live up to those standards. So even now, you can see that we are still being impacted by the ideology of social
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