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Guided Reading & Analysis:
The Politics of the Gilded Age
The Gilded Age
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Key Concepts FOR
Key Concept 6.1:
Technological advances, large-scale production
methods, and the opening of new markets encouraged the rise of
industrial capitalism in the United States.
Key Concept 6.2:
The migrations that accompanied
industrialization transformed both urban and rural areas of the United States
and caused dramatic social and cultural change.
Key Concept 6.3:
The Gilded Age produced new cultural and
intellectual movements, public reform efforts, and political
debates over economic and social policies.
Section 1 Background and Introduction, page 380
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The Gilded Age, which spanned the final three decades of the nineteenth century, was one of the most dynamic, contentious, and volatile periods in
American history. America's industrial economy exploded, generating unprecedented opportunities for individuals to build great fortunes but also leaving many
farmers and workers struggling merely for survival. Overall national wealth increased more than fivefold, a staggering increase, but one that was accompanied by
what many saw as an equally staggering disparity between the rich and the poor. Industrial giants like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller revolutionized
business and ushered in the modern corporate economy, but also, ironically, sometimes destroyed free-market economic competition in the process. Record
numbers of citizens voted in national elections, but the politicians they voted for were often lackluster figures who turned a blind eye to the public interest. It was, as
Dickens might have said, the best of times and the worst of times. But even that Dickensian understanding of the Gilded Age isn't quite right. It's not enough to say
that the Gilded Age was a time of high highs and low lows; the highs and lows were actually often deeply intertwined parts of the exact same developments. In other