Gilded Age comes from Mark Twain, who wrote that America looked golden on the
outside but not on the inside. The Gilded Age was a period of rapid economic
growth, but also a lot of social conflict. The Gilded Age was been often seen
as a dark period in American history, a period of greed and corruption, of
brutal industrial completion and harsh exploitation of labor.
A showed a rise in workforce due to a rise of labor position open railroad construction
which also lead to a need for steel factor workers. Women also began to work as well.
B showed the Chinese Exclusion Act.
There were many Chinese immigrants working, especially working on the
railroad construction because they were willing to work cheap. The Native Americans and Mexicans felt crowd
and didn’t like job competition during this time.
C depicts child work labor. Child
workers were common especially among immigrants. They had to work in awful,
dangerous conditions. This lead to a
rise of labor unions and child labor laws.
D shows Andrew Carnegie was a steel tycoon. Social Darwinism survival of the
fittest in both business and life. This
lead to laissez-faire government inference with inference with industries,
which further corruptions in the company.
E depicts John Rockefeller, an oil tycoon, holding the government in the palm
of his hand shows how industry taking over government oil and pollution in the
background further showing how dependent on oil the country is. Basically fuels everything including the
F excerpt from Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives, describes conditions in
how immigrants live. It shows how many
have come to live in America due to surplus jobs. America is no longer a country of mainly
native born citizens instead it is more like a missing post of cultures., which
has led to prejudice against immigrants.
G from the Knights of Labor (Labor Union) accepted everyone regardless of race
or skill shows how labor union came about.
3. Discuss how America is similar today to what
workers and immigrants were experiencing in the Gilded Age. Use examples from the chapter readings and lectures
to support your answer.
Racism is very apparent today as it was in the 1800s and
1900s. At present, the government has absolutely no interest in defending the rights of the poor and the workers
because they are on the side of big business as they were in the 19th
and 20th centuries. Today, the
best economy is one where the government isn’t involved just like in the 18 and
19 hundreds. Currently, the Democrats and Republicans are on two sides of the
same coin as it was in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Presently, Congress is facing the same issues as they were in
the 1800s and 1900s.
4. Explain at least three things you learned
about the Gilded Age from