6. Twain’s Gilded Age was a period of history where political corruption, and racial segregation ran rampant. Additionally, there were issues with wealth accumulation and haphazard urbanization. However, one of the benefits of this era was the expansion of railroad and mining industries, although these industries had their shortfalls. For example, poor living conditions for workers and extremely hazardous working conditions, to name a few. The Progressive Era, on the other hand, “was a time of wide-ranging causes and varied movements, where activists and reformers from diverse backgrounds and with very different agendas pursued their goals of a better America.” (OpenStax, 2014) Although the Progressive Era was far from an ideal era, there were steps that were taken in order to ensure a more prosperous and fair life for all American citizens. For instance, one of the earlies Progressive efforts in America was the establishment of the settlement house movement of the 1880s by Jane Addams, Lillian Wald, and Ellen Gates Star.These women worked to bring social justice reform to the country by providing healthcare, education, and social services to working-class women and children. On the other hand, urbanization continue to be a problem in the Progressive Era.