Camaryn_Preston - Camaryn Preston Period 6 In many ways the...

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Camaryn Preston Period 6 12/15/20 In many ways, the Gilded Age was a culmination of the Industrial Revolution. Within the years leading up to the Gilded Age, the American Civil War and Industrial Revolution came to an end in 1869. The Industrial Revolution helped give the needed boost America needed to spark up urbanization. With the Industrial Revolution came factories, with factories came jobs, thus motivating people who previously worked on the outdated farms to move inland and take up possibly higher-paying factory jobs. The Industrial Revolution did not go unnoticed by the other parts of the world. People from out of the country began hearing about the massive job openings appearing in the United States, leading them to emigrate from their home countries, thus creating an enormous influx of new immigrants into America. The term "The Gilded Age was created by Mark Twain in his book The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today . The name was essentially related to the gilding of an inexpensive metal with a layer of gold as a metaphor for the era's corruption and shoddy ethics. Critical influences of the Gilded Age's rapid economic growth, political corruption, social growth, and expansion were urbanization and new immigration laws. Urbanization is the increase in the number of individuals living and working in a city area. With an enormous increase in factory businesses, a rise in job opportunities began, leading the economy during the Gilded Age. This led many people to flock from rural areas to large urban locations. Jim Crow is known as the passing of anti-African American laws. Escaping the Jim Crow idealistic south, African Americans fled to the newly urbanized cities to find new jobs,

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