Untitled document.docx - Sanborn1 Essay Choice 2 The time period between the 1870\u2019s and the 1890\u2019s in the United States was known as the Gilded Age

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Sanborn1 Essay Choice 2 The time period between the 1870’s and the 1890’s in the United States was known as the Gilded Age. The term Gilded age originally was derived from Mark Twain’s novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today , which used satire to highlight greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. This time period after the Civil War was known as the Gilded Age primarily because on the outside everything seemed gloriously wealthy and productive. Although this era was known for incredible industrial growth there were underlying national affairs that brought many problems to the country. Among these problems were issues such as political corruption, Laissez faire ideology, and the unfair treatment of workers. All of these factors contributed to amazing growth in industry whilst creating huge disparities between the lives of the rich and poor. One of the largest issues facing the Gilded Age was political corruption. During the Gilded Age the creation of urban political machines helped many public officials get voted into office. Once a person was elected they would then unfairly help the people that helped them get elected. They would also do favors or support agendas that would help businesses in exchange for money from those businesses later on. One of the most famous political machines was New

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