Silas Lapham Essay - how was it remedied 2 What was the...

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History 106-518 Optional Paper The Rise of Silas Lapham, 1885 By William Dean Howells This novel is set after the Civil War, during the rise of American business and enterprise. It was an era Mark Twain termed the “Gilded Age.” In this era, businesses were not regulated and income was not taxed. It was a time when men such as Andrew Carnegie accumulated enormous wealth. The novel is a small slice of that era and about the moral dilemmas involved in the pursuit of wealth. It is also a story of conflict between new and old wealth. In addition to class, aristocracy and self-made wealth, the novel contains strong gender and family themes. Chapter 17 in your textbook discusses the post-Civil War rise of big business. The appendix to our textbook contains the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Paper assignment: Answer one of the questions below. 1. To William Dean Howells, what was the danger of business to American society, and
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Unformatted text preview: how was it remedied? 2. What was the rise of Silas Lapham, and what did it have to do with the morality of business in America? In your paper, use examples from the novel. Use direct quotes. Also, in your answer refer to at least one point of information in your textbook (chapter 17) or from the founding documents in the back of the book that support, explain or enrich your answer. Your personal opinions are important, but remember that this is a history course. Therefore, use evidence and quotes from the sources to support your claims. Begin your paper with a summary. In the first paragraph, state clearly your answer to the question. Be precise. Get to the point. The overall length of the paper is up to you, but no longer than three typed pages. Due January 28 in class. No papers on this book will be accepted after class on this date. Reminder: This paper is not required. It is worth a maximum of five points added to your grade....
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