TheGildedAge

TheGildedAge - John Szmyd 3/31/06 APUSH The Gilded Age...

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John Szmyd 3/31/06 APUSH The Gilded Age The Gilded Age 1877-1910 Gilded- coated with gold, nice on the outside 1873 Mark Twain and Dudley Warner publish The Gilded Age, a satirical novel about politics and corruption of the 1800’s. Themes: Industry, Robber Barons, Immigration, Urbanization, Inventions The influential people of the time often abused the rights of their workers in order to increase their profits. Much technology emerged in this time, and entrepreneurs took advantage of this and gained lots of money. These few, very rich people gave huge sums of money to charities and public establishments to make them look good in the eyes of those oppressed. Government Corruption -Political machines and powerful political bosses control the local and state government -Graft: the acquisition of money or political power through illegal or dishonest methods -Most notorious was Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall -Thomas Nast publishes cartoons criticizing corruption Populist Party - James B. Weaver running for president in 1892
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 204 taught by Professor Walther during the Spring '08 term at Middlebury.

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TheGildedAge - John Szmyd 3/31/06 APUSH The Gilded Age...

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