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Name:_______________________________________ Class Period:____ Due Date:___/____/____ Guided Reading & Analysis: The Politics of the Gilded Age , 1877-1900 Chapter 19- The Gilded Age pp 380-391 Reading Assignment : Ch. 19 AMSCO; If you do not have the AMSCO text, use chapter in Brinkley and/or online resources such as the website, podcast, crash course video, chapter outlines, etc. Purpose : This guide is not only a place to record notes as you read, but also to provide a place and structure for reflections and analysis using higher level thinking skills with new knowledge gained from the reading. Basic Directions: 1. Pre-Read: Read the prompts/questions within this guide before you read and watch the video. 2. Watch: Watch the lecture videos related to the chapter and “fish” for a specific answer(s) to reading guide questions. 3. Skim: Flip through the chapter and note the titles and subtitles. Look at images and their read captions. Get a feel for the content. 4. Read/Analyze: Read the chapter. Remember, the goal is n to consider questions in order to critically understand what you read! 5. Write: Write your notes and analysis in the spaces provided. Key Concepts FOR PERIOD 6: 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 Read page 380 and additional information below. Highlight major cues, and answer the question that follows. 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

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