The Gilded Age: The Gilded Age

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The Gilded Age, the period of the history of the United States from the Reconstruction to the early 20th century, witnessed the development of industrialization, urbanization, the construction of great transcontinental railroads, innovations in science and technology, and the rise of big business. There were many capable leaders who were building a better future. Vanderbilt stopped at nothing to connect the nation via railroads. Rockefeller used his trademark ruthlessness to establish his oil empire. Cities were expending to the sky, this was built on the strength of Andrew Carnegie’s steel. And under JP. Morgan’s control, electricity was starting to power the country. The nation had changed very sharply. One in four bridges built at that time would fail. Carnegie invested everything he had into the bridge which nobody had built a rail bridge this big. He encountered many difficulties in building the bridge. When the bridge had finished building, it could closely connect the east and west sides. But he needed to convince the public of its strength. A popular superstition at that time, holds that elephant won’t across an unstable structure. The elephant finally crossed the bridge and the public saw that it can sustain whatever weight’s going to be put on it. When the stunt succeeded, Carnegie got more requests for his steel that he couldn’t accomplish. And with it, he built his first steel plant which is the largest steel mill in the nation. He could supply as much steel
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