TheGilded Age comes from Mark Twain, who wrote that America looked golden on theoutside but not on the inside. The Gilded Age was a period of rapid economicgrowth, but also a lot of social conflict. The Gilded Age was been often seenas a dark period in American history, a period of greed and corruption, ofbrutal industrial completion and harsh exploitation of labor. DocumentA showed a rise in workforce due to a rise of labor position open railroad constructionwhich also lead to a need for steel factor workers. Women also began to work as well.
DocumentB showed the Chinese Exclusion Act. There were many Chinese immigrants working, especially working on therailroad construction because they were willing to work cheap. The Native Americans and Mexicans felt crowdand didn’t like job competition during this time. DocumentC depicts child work labor. Childworkers were common especially among immigrants. They had to work in awful,dangerous conditions. This lead to arise of labor unions and child labor laws.
DocumentD shows Andrew Carnegie was a steel tycoon. Social Darwinism survival of thefittest in both business and life. Thislead to laissez-faire government inference with inference with industries,which further corruptions in the company.
DocumentE depicts John Rockefeller, an oil tycoon, holding the government in the palmof his hand shows how industry taking over government oil and pollution in thebackground further showing how dependent on oil the country is. Basically fuels everything including thegovernment. DocumentF excerpt from Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives, describes conditions inhow immigrants live. It shows how manyhave come to live in America due to surplus jobs. America is no longer a country of mainlynative born citizens instead it is more like a missing post of cultures., whichhas led to prejudice against immigrants. DocumentG from the Knights of Labor (Labor Union) accepted everyone regardless of raceor skill shows how labor union came about. 3.
Discuss how America is similar today to whatworkers and immigrants were experiencing in the Gilded Age. Use examples from the chapter readings and lecturesto support your answer. Racism is very apparent today as it was in the 1800s and1900s. At present, the government has absolutely no interest in defending the rights of the poor and the workersbecause they are on the side of big business as they were in the 19thand 20th centuries. Today, thebest economy is one where the government isn’t involved just like in the 18 and19 hundreds.
Currently, the Democrats and Republicans are on two sides of thesame coin as it was in the 19th and 20th centuries.Presently, Congress is facing the same issues as they were inthe 1800s and 1900s. 4. Explain at least three things you learnedabout the Gilded Age from