050 Gilded Age #2 Study Guide - STUDY GUIDE"THE GILDED...

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TUDY G UIDE : “T HE G ILDED A GE #2” Using this study guide The following document has all of the terms, quotes, lists, and ideas contained in the most recent powerpoint presentation (note: I change these frequently so some variations may exist). As a result, you should not feel that you need to copy any of this information while in class. The following questions are addressed in this section of the lecture. You should be able to answer these questions by the end of this section. If you can’t, see me during my office hours or talk with your seminar leader: What are the ideologies of the various groups of Americans (capitalists, middle-class, working-class)? What is Social Darwinism? What is meant by accommodation and resistance? Who is accommodating and why? Why is there so much labor unrest in the Gilded Age? (GA) What about the GA makes the relations between capital and labor so contentious? What is producerism and how does it relate to other ideologies of the era? What issues divide labor? What unites them? How are these factors critical to understanding the rise and fall of the Knights and AFL during the GA? What happens during the Great Upheaval and Counter Offensive? What about after the 1893 depression? Why are the middle class so silent about events until 1896? The following are sample essay questions used on previous exams dealing with this topic. The essay question used on your upcoming exam will look quite a bit (maybe exactly) like these: What is meant by the terms “dependency” and “control” during the Gilded Age? What were some of the factors that caused Americans to become more dependent? How did these factors affect Americans? sense of themselves as independent citizens? In what ways did Americans respond to rising dependency? Discuss one example from the politics of the era that, in your opinion, best exemplifies these tensions (be sure to explain why it is a good example). In class I spoke of rising dependency, the search for control, accommodation, and resistance during the Gilded Age. (i) How could the rise of vertically integrated trusts, such as John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Co., be understood as businessmen's effort to seek control? (ii) How could the actions of Samuel Gompers and the AFL be seen as accommodating the rise of big business? (iii) In your opinion, do you think that the Populists had an answer to the social problems caused by industrialization? Selected Terms:
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