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Twain's Gilded Age has been characterized as a period of excess: excessive political corruption, wealth accumulation, expansion of railroad and mining interests, racial segregation, and haphazard urbanization. Contrast this to the Progressive Era and the desire to create a more orderly and fairer society. Did the Progressives achieve their goals of reigning in the robber barons, bringing order to the chaos of urbanization, curbing the power of corporations, and eliminating the excesses of the westward expansion in the area of resource exploitation?Your response should be a minimum of 300 words.Post-Civil War, the Progressive Era was a time of a lot of changes for America. The Progressive Era took place at the end of the nineteenth century and trailed into the beginning of the twentieth century, it was a time where America’s people wanted the government to take morecontrol and help aid in controlling “big businesses” from becoming too powerful. “Robber Barons” like Jay Gould would overpower specific industries (in his case Erie Railroad), and similar to a slumlord would maintain his equipment at subpar levels to keep it running and charge his “clients” an absurd amount to transport their goods. Gould made a lot of money off of

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