History Main / TheGildedAge

9th Sep '17 4:01:24 PM nombretomado
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As you might imagine, this era is particularly [[{{Pun}} rich]] in tropes. J. P. Morgan, Jay Gould, the Vanderbilts, and other [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Robber Barons]] populate the posh districts of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, while the poor new immigrants [[AnImmigrantsTale find life hard]] in the vast slums. The Republican Party runs everything in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem Washington]] as a [[CorruptPolitician political machine]] despite the protests of the reforming "Mugwumps" within the GOP. The only Democrat to win the White House during these 35 years was UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland, a reformer who only won because he had support from the Mugwumps--indeed the term "Mugwump" arose as a term of abuse (convoluted story, but in essence it accused them of being HolierThanThou) for Republicans who supported Cleveland. In the South, there is Reconstruction and then its end: the aftermath of the end of slavery, with Carpetbaggers coming from the North to take advantage of business opportunities and blacks getting their rights only to see them stripped away in the wake of the deal to put UsefulNotes/RutherfordBHayes in the White House in the election of 1876. Expect to see the former SouthernBelle as a PrincessInRags and the SouthernGentleman as a member of TheKlan. As for the economy, deflation and banking panics were huge problems, big monopolies crushed local competition, and unions and farmers struggled to find their voice.

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As you might imagine, this era is particularly [[{{Pun}} rich]] in tropes. J. P. Morgan, Jay Gould, the Vanderbilts, and other [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Robber Barons]] populate the posh districts of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, while the poor new immigrants [[AnImmigrantsTale find life hard]] in the vast slums. The Republican Party runs everything in [[AmericanPoliticalSystem [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Washington]] as a [[CorruptPolitician political machine]] despite the protests of the reforming "Mugwumps" within the GOP. The only Democrat to win the White House during these 35 years was UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland, a reformer who only won because he had support from the Mugwumps--indeed the term "Mugwump" arose as a term of abuse (convoluted story, but in essence it accused them of being HolierThanThou) for Republicans who supported Cleveland. In the South, there is Reconstruction and then its end: the aftermath of the end of slavery, with Carpetbaggers coming from the North to take advantage of business opportunities and blacks getting their rights only to see them stripped away in the wake of the deal to put UsefulNotes/RutherfordBHayes in the White House in the election of 1876. Expect to see the former SouthernBelle as a PrincessInRags and the SouthernGentleman as a member of TheKlan. As for the economy, deflation and banking panics were huge problems, big monopolies crushed local competition, and unions and farmers struggled to find their voice.
21st May '17 11:24:26 AM nombretomado
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See also: VictorianBritain[=/=]VictorianLondon and TheEdwardianEra (which covers this time period across UsefulNotes/ThePond). For Japan see UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration.

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See also: VictorianBritain[=/=]VictorianLondon UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain[=/=]VictorianLondon and TheEdwardianEra (which covers this time period across UsefulNotes/ThePond). For Japan see UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration.
16th May '17 9:47:34 AM nombretomado
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The Gilded Age is one of the most common terms for the period in American history between the end of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and the presidency of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt at the turn of the 20th century. During this period extensive British investment in American industry made it a rich country, which was eventually reflected in its military spending and pursuit of formal and informal dominion over the Americas. This coincided with the era of mass immigration from Europe and (to a far lesser extent) Asia, with largest single ethnicity changing from English to German and the British ethnic groups (English, Scots, Irish) becoming a minority. The "native" [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]] welcomed the 'pure' Nordic and Germanic immigrants but lamented the racial watering-down that came with the influx of Irish, Italians, and various groups from TsaristRussia; particularly alarming to White America was the large influx of Jews and Chinese. While anti-miscegenation laws making Chinese-European and African-European marriages illegal were successfully enacted in a number of states, there was no success with preventing intermixing between European ethnicities - though immigration quotas restricting their numbers were soon implemented. All these immigrants came chasing UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream; the vast majority were treated to slums and sweatshops in America's rapidly-growing cities. It should come as no surprise, then, that the name "Gilded Age" comes from a story co-written by Creator/MarkTwain and Charles Dudley Warner in 1873, and refers to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld extreme opulence of the era contrasted with widespread poverty on the ground]], compared to a "gilded" item: one covered in gold, but actually made of something less valuable.

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The Gilded Age is one of the most common terms for the period in American history between the end of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and the presidency of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt at the turn of the 20th century. During this period extensive British investment in American industry made it a rich country, which was eventually reflected in its military spending and pursuit of formal and informal dominion over the Americas. This coincided with the era of mass immigration from Europe and (to a far lesser extent) Asia, with largest single ethnicity changing from English to German and the British ethnic groups (English, Scots, Irish) becoming a minority. The "native" [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]] welcomed the 'pure' Nordic and Germanic immigrants but lamented the racial watering-down that came with the influx of Irish, Italians, and various groups from TsaristRussia; UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia; particularly alarming to White America was the large influx of Jews and Chinese. While anti-miscegenation laws making Chinese-European and African-European marriages illegal were successfully enacted in a number of states, there was no success with preventing intermixing between European ethnicities - though immigration quotas restricting their numbers were soon implemented. All these immigrants came chasing UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream; the vast majority were treated to slums and sweatshops in America's rapidly-growing cities. It should come as no surprise, then, that the name "Gilded Age" comes from a story co-written by Creator/MarkTwain and Charles Dudley Warner in 1873, and refers to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld extreme opulence of the era contrasted with widespread poverty on the ground]], compared to a "gilded" item: one covered in gold, but actually made of something less valuable.
16th May '17 6:15:06 AM DocJamore
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* NobilityMarriesMoney: Many British noble families got their fortunes restarted by marrying into robber baron families. UsefulNote/ConsueloVanderbilt is a RealLife example, being forced to marry the Duke of Marlborough.

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* NobilityMarriesMoney: Many British noble families got their fortunes restarted by marrying into robber baron families. UsefulNote/ConsueloVanderbilt Consuelo Vanderbilt is a RealLife example, being forced to marry the Duke of Marlborough.
7th Apr '17 4:00:24 PM nombretomado
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See also: VictorianBritain[=/=]VictorianLondon and TheEdwardianEra (which covers this time period across ThePond). For Japan see UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration.

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See also: VictorianBritain[=/=]VictorianLondon and TheEdwardianEra (which covers this time period across ThePond).UsefulNotes/ThePond). For Japan see UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration.
8th Sep '16 2:27:25 PM MarkLungo
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* ''TheBirthOfANation''

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* ''TheBirthOfANation''''Film/TheBirthOfANation1915''
26th Dec '15 6:18:23 PM nombretomado
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The Gilded Age is one of the most common terms for the period in American history between the end of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and the presidency of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt at the turn of the 20th century. During this period extensive British investment in American industry made it a rich country, which was eventually reflected in its military spending and pursuit of formal and informal dominion over the Americas. This coincided with the era of mass immigration from Europe and (to a far lesser extent) Asia, with largest single ethnicity changing from English to German and the British ethnic groups (English, Scots, Irish) becoming a minority. The "native" [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]] welcomed the 'pure' Nordic and Germanic immigrants but lamented the racial watering-down that came with the influx of Irish, Italians, and various groups from TsaristRussia; particularly alarming to White America was the large influx of Jews and Chinese. While anti-miscegenation laws making Chinese-European and African-European marriages illegal were successfully enacted in a number of states, there was no success with preventing intermixing between European ethnicities - though immigration quotas restricting their numbers were soon implemented. All these immigrants came chasing the AmericanDream; the vast majority were treated to slums and sweatshops in America's rapidly-growing cities. It should come as no surprise, then, that the name "Gilded Age" comes from a story co-written by Creator/MarkTwain and Charles Dudley Warner in 1873, and refers to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld extreme opulence of the era contrasted with widespread poverty on the ground]], compared to a "gilded" item: one covered in gold, but actually made of something less valuable.

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The Gilded Age is one of the most common terms for the period in American history between the end of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and the presidency of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt at the turn of the 20th century. During this period extensive British investment in American industry made it a rich country, which was eventually reflected in its military spending and pursuit of formal and informal dominion over the Americas. This coincided with the era of mass immigration from Europe and (to a far lesser extent) Asia, with largest single ethnicity changing from English to German and the British ethnic groups (English, Scots, Irish) becoming a minority. The "native" [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]] welcomed the 'pure' Nordic and Germanic immigrants but lamented the racial watering-down that came with the influx of Irish, Italians, and various groups from TsaristRussia; particularly alarming to White America was the large influx of Jews and Chinese. While anti-miscegenation laws making Chinese-European and African-European marriages illegal were successfully enacted in a number of states, there was no success with preventing intermixing between European ethnicities - though immigration quotas restricting their numbers were soon implemented. All these immigrants came chasing the AmericanDream; UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream; the vast majority were treated to slums and sweatshops in America's rapidly-growing cities. It should come as no surprise, then, that the name "Gilded Age" comes from a story co-written by Creator/MarkTwain and Charles Dudley Warner in 1873, and refers to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld extreme opulence of the era contrasted with widespread poverty on the ground]], compared to a "gilded" item: one covered in gold, but actually made of something less valuable.
14th Dec '15 9:23:26 PM majoraoftime
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The Gilded Age is one of the most common terms for the period in American history between the end of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and the presidency of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt at the turn of the 20th century. During this period extensive British investment in American industry made it a rich country, which was eventually reflected in its military spending and pursuit of formal and informal dominion over The Americas. This coincided with the era of mass immigration from Europe and (to a far lesser extent) Asia, with largest single ethnicity changing from English to German and the British ethnic groups (English, Scots, Irish) becoming a minority. The "native" [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]] welcomed the 'pure' Nordic and Germanic immigrants but lamented the racial watering-down that came with the influx of Irish, Italians, and various groups from TsaristRussia; particularly alarming to White America was the large influx of Jews and Chinese. While anti-miscegenation laws making Chinese-European and African-European marriages illegal were successfully enacted in a number of states, there was no success with preventing intermixing between European ethnicities - though immigration quotas restricting their numbers were soon implemented. All these immigrants came chasing the AmericanDream; the vast majority were treated to slums and sweatshops in America's rapidly-growing cities. It should come as no surprise, then, that the name "Gilded Age" comes from a story co-written by Creator/MarkTwain and Charles Dudley Warner in 1873, and refers to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld extreme opulence of the era contrasted with widespread poverty on the ground]], compared to a "gilded" item: one covered in gold, but actually made of something less valuable.

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The Gilded Age is one of the most common terms for the period in American history between the end of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and the presidency of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt at the turn of the 20th century. During this period extensive British investment in American industry made it a rich country, which was eventually reflected in its military spending and pursuit of formal and informal dominion over The the Americas. This coincided with the era of mass immigration from Europe and (to a far lesser extent) Asia, with largest single ethnicity changing from English to German and the British ethnic groups (English, Scots, Irish) becoming a minority. The "native" [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]] welcomed the 'pure' Nordic and Germanic immigrants but lamented the racial watering-down that came with the influx of Irish, Italians, and various groups from TsaristRussia; particularly alarming to White America was the large influx of Jews and Chinese. While anti-miscegenation laws making Chinese-European and African-European marriages illegal were successfully enacted in a number of states, there was no success with preventing intermixing between European ethnicities - though immigration quotas restricting their numbers were soon implemented. All these immigrants came chasing the AmericanDream; the vast majority were treated to slums and sweatshops in America's rapidly-growing cities. It should come as no surprise, then, that the name "Gilded Age" comes from a story co-written by Creator/MarkTwain and Charles Dudley Warner in 1873, and refers to the [[CrapsaccharineWorld extreme opulence of the era contrasted with widespread poverty on the ground]], compared to a "gilded" item: one covered in gold, but actually made of something less valuable.
29th Nov '15 8:24:03 AM HoursGoneBy
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Eventually, people got so fed up with everything going on that a widespread reform movement began in the country around the 1890's. This is known as the Progressive Era, and it brought us UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson.

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Eventually, people got so fed up with everything going on that a widespread reform movement began in the country around the 1890's.1890s. This is known as the Progressive Era, and it brought us UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson.
23rd Nov '15 2:21:47 AM DragonQuestZ
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