dbq - During the post-Civil War period an era commonly referred to as the Gilded Age the economy of the United States grew at a fantastic rate This

dbq - During the post-Civil War period an era commonly...

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During the post-Civil War period, an era commonly referred to as the Gilded Age, the economy of the United States grew at a fantastic rate. This period of industrial revolution was often driven by a few great men known as industrialists. There can be no mistaking their motives: wealth. There are many different opinion about these man, some positives and some negatives. Some feel that the powerful industrialists of the gilded age should be referred to as "robber barons." This view accentuates the negative. It portrays men like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller and Ford and cruel and ruthless businessmen who would stop at nothing to achieve great wealth. These "robber barons" were accused of exploiting workers and forcing horrible working conditions and unfair labor practices upon the laborer. Another view of the industrialist is that of "captain of industry." The term captain views these men as viewed ingenious and industrious leaders who transformed the American economy with their business skills. They were praised for their skills as well as for their philanthropy.**

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