Speed Dating Conclusion Essay: The Gilded Age

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Speed Dating Conclusion Essay The Gilded Age, a term coined by the popular author of the time Mark Twain, was associated with the era of rapid economic growth in the United States from the 1870s to the 1900. The Gilded Age meant an era of progress and forward thinking preceding the aftermaths of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Tens of thousands of Immigrants came to America looking for economic prosperity. Large corporations and trusts were set up during this period. New innovations and technologies created possibilities that were unimaginable before. Additionally, social reform took place like never before allowing many to raise awareness about the injustices African Americans were facing after the Civil War. One key example of this movement would be W.E.B. DuBois. DuBois was born in Massachusetts and became active in social reform when he…show more content…
DuBois would be Booker T. Washington. Washington, like DuBois, attended university (Hampton Institute) and devoted his studies and field to education. He eventually became the principal of Tuskegee Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. One of the key reasons for conflict between Washington and DuBois was their views on reform. Booker T. Washington actively promoted economic collaboration of blacks and whites. He also encouraged them to pursue studies in higher education and entrepreneurship. In his famous speech known as the Atlanta Compromise Washington asked blacks to not retaliate with violence against the Jim Crow Laws, Discrimination, or other types of racist behavior. He requested that blacks pursue higher studies. This was met with fierce criticism from DuBois and in response DuBois founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to challenge Washington’s views and gain national momentum for his stance. These actions are what led to DuBois and Washington having completely contrasting viewpoint of the issue of civil rights and social
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