A Tale of Today The book co-written with Charles Dudley Warner satirized the promised ' golden age ' after the Civil War, portrayed as an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gold gilding of economic expansion. For them, "Gilded Age" was a pejorative term used to describe a time of materialistic excesses combined with extreme poverty. With respect to eras of American history, historical views vary as to when the Gilded Age began, ranging from starting right after the American Civil War ended,oror as the Reconstruction Era ended in
A Tale of Todaywhich satirized an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gold gilding. The Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth, especially in the North and West. American wages, especially for skilled workers, were much higher than in Europe, which attracted millions of immigrants.
However, the Gilded Age was also an era of poverty as very poor European immigrants poured in. Railroads were the major industry, but the factory system, mining, and finance increased in importance.
Immigration from Europe, China and the eastern states led to the rapid growth of the West, based on farming, ranching and mining.
Labor unions became important in industrial areas. Two major nationwide depressions—the Panic of and the Panic of —interrupted growth and caused social and political upheavals.
The South after the American Civil War remained economically devastated; its economy became increasingly tied to cotton and tobacco production, which suffered from low prices.
Blacks in the South, which is where most blacks lived in the US, were stripped of political power and voting rights, and economically disadvantaged. The political landscape was notable in that despite some corruption, turnout was very high and elections between the evenly matched parties were close.
The dominant issues were cultural especially regarding prohibitioneducation and ethnic and racial groupsand economic tariffs and money supply. With the rapid growth of cities, political machines increasingly took control of urban politics.
Local governments built schools and hospitals; private ones were founded by local philanthropists. Numerous religious denominations were growing in membership and wealth; they expanded their missionary activity to the world arena.
Catholics and Lutherans set up parochial schools and the larger denominations set up many colleges and hospitals.Aug 21, · Watch video · The Gilded Age was in many ways the culmination of the Industrial Revolution, when America and much of Europe shifted from an agricultural society to an industrial one.
The growth was astounding. From the end of Reconstruction in to the disastrous Panic of , the American economy nearly doubled in size. New technologies and new ways of organizing business led a few individuals to the top.
The competition was ruthless. Jul 15, · Revisionist History. The American economy, they acknowledge, did grow more rapidly on average in the decades immediately after World War II than it is growing today.
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And when lobbying wasn’t enough, Gilded Age industrialists turned to bribery and other forms of corruption, inspiring some of the most infamous political scandals in American history.