Essay on Exploring The Gilded Age

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Exploring The Gilded Age

From the period between the 1870’s through the 1890’s, it became an era known as the Gilded Age. The term was characterized by a famous American Literature author named Mark Twain. The writer tried to point out that the term means that while on the outside society may seem perfect and in order, underneath there is poverty, crime, corruption, and many other issues between American society’s rich and poor. This era’s gild is thicker than the cheaper material it’s covering. This can be shown through the countless numbers of achievements and advances America has made during the period of reconstruction and expansion, industrialization, and foreign affairs. Post Civil War, America was looking for new opportunities
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Some say it would be unfair for some individuals to bask in the glory of wealth; but as times changed, it became easier for an individual to “rise beyond their background” and succeed. Entrepreneurs set up their own companies and businesses that drove small businesses out of businesses, but provided even more job opportunities for people in the city. These entrepreneurs were also great inventers. For example, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and the use of electricity. By combining all the great qualities of these inventers and business-men, American society was able to advance factory businesses, which supplied the rest of the nation, and later foreign nations, with manufactured goods. Though working for big businesses was a risk, it was one that many had no choice to take. Another aspect of industrialization was the connections of the railroads, the nation was now linked together and goods and products were able to be evenly distributed across the nation. Big business provided the American people with a variety of these products, and could be produced and sold at cheaper prices. Despite the fact that some entrepreneurs took advantage of having control of the market, the government was there to regulate it and create laws and acts that helped prevent it. Since big business, the economy flourished and created a better standard of living

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