Social Realities During The Gilded Age

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American society went through a rapid transformation from 1870s to 1900 and is referred to as the Gilded Age. Social realities were represented through arts and literature and portrayed a society of the working-class struggles contrasted with rising middle class and the wealthy industrialists. A Rally in Chicago on May 4, 1886 in Haymarket Square ended in tragedy when a bomb went off killing police officers and some participants. Public sympathy turned against Labor leading to the arrest and conviction of the rally organizers. In response to the tragic events a bronze statue of a Chicago policeman was unveiled in 1889 in Haymarket Square. Those hanged for Haymaker Incident were considered martyrs and a statue was sculpted to honor their

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