The Gilded Age By the late 1800s, he United States economy had finally become industrialized and was soon to become monopolized. Railroads were becoming the most important factor of American economy, and local businesses were being put out of work. This time period was commonly known as “The Gilded Age”. Meaning on the outside our economy looked marvelous, but beneath that golden skin, corruption and injustice plagued our society and made the rich even richer. America’s “Second Industrial Revolution” was a growth spurt of the economy that would prove to weed out the weak and create the original business moguls whose wealth still resides today.
The Gilded Age was all about problems and The Progressive Era was all about fixing those problems and finding solutions for them. I would like to bring forward some of the problems that were in the Gilded Age and then some of the solutions that came about in the Progressive Era. The First problem will be a social problem. There were many social problems in the Gilded Age some bigger than others. The social problems in the Gilded Age was the rights of African-Americans,
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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.
A changing culture from the late 1870’s through 1900 became known as the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was first used by Mark Twain in his book known as “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today”. The Gilded Age is known as a time where corruption and bad living conditions occurred on the inside of the area, but on the outside everything seemed strong and powerful, especially to other immigrants. A lot of people migrated from other countries to become part of what they thought was a perfect society, but when they arrived they realized how terrible everyone was treated and how bad the government ran. However, people stayed in the United States because they were used to things a lot worse, so America was a better area for living for a lot of the immigrants.
Through the process of industrialization and urbanization, America was able to transition from a small agrarian economy to an industrial economy that doubled. When I visualize America without the positive or negative effects of the Gilded Age, I see a small country that is isolated from others, with a poor economy that is unprofitable and weak. I imagine a country that is dominated by one race and restricted from the power of other countries. As you can infer, I firmly believe that the Gilded Age played an active role in helping America become a world power. It offered several opportunities for America to grow as a nation through its economic, industrial, and social changes.
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.
Their concept was to enable university men to establish themselves in a working class neighborhood so they could experience poverty at close hand and then help to alleviate it. Settlements aimed to preserve human values in a rapidly industrializing age. This helped the immigrants to adjust to their new way of living during this time. This movement recognized the worth of the United States’ diverse cultural groups. This concludes how the settlement house was one of the most impacting organizations in social welfare during the Gilded Age.
With the rise of white supremacist groups and the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) the persecution of black Americans increased as their freedom was seen as a threat to white Americans. When ex-slaves would try to flee plantations and set up their own farms, they would be lynched or murdered. In 1867, a former slave owner in Tennessee said that they continued to whip, maim and kill black Americans as if slavery still existed. The amendments and acts did not make the perception of black Americans change, by law they were regarded as equal individuals who deserved equal treatment everywhere, but in society they were still regarded as inferior and animalistic, and laws and legislation in southern states were set up to continue that ideology. The ‘Plessy vs. Ferguson’ Supreme Court case approved the ‘separate but equal’ legal segregation.