The Gilded Age is marked as the thirty-five years between the end of the Civil War and the end of the nineteenth century. During this period of time, the economy grew at an astonishing rate, producing enormous amounts of wealth. This was also a time where the majority of the population was struggling to get by, and was classified as poor workers, while the industrial and financial aristocracy lives in beautiful homes and lived their lives with opulent amusement. Life was very different between different groups such as the rich and the poor, and even the men and the women. I definitely would not fit into the urban society of the Gilded Age because everything had to do with the men being in power, racism, and men’s constant control over
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It was extremely difficult for women to find a good job that also pays well. Most women were teachers, or nannies and caretakers, aside from the men who were becoming more and more involved with the labor forces in society, and also becoming wealthier simultaneously. Women had a difficult time surviving or even staying healthy during this period, which I would not be able to get by with.
Race relations were also horrible during this time. There were “separate but equal” facilities in basically every area of the south. The separate but equal facilities pertained to racial police by which blacks may be segregated if granted equal opportunities and facilities, as for jobs, education, or transportation. On the outside, society may have seemed perfect and in order, but underneath there was poverty, crime and corruption. This violence brought about the Jim Crow Laws. Whites began attacking the blacks, and even murdering them. Along with laws restricting the right of African Americans to vote, this also created an atmosphere of legalized racial discrimination. The whites absolutely resented the African Americans, and any time they succeeded, the whites did not approve. Women also had no voting rights during this period of time. Women like Harriet Stanson joined trade unions like The National Consumers League and the Young Women’s Christian Association in order to fight for their rights. This