The involved massively inflated contracts related to building the transcontinental railroad. Depression of 1893 A depression caused by overspeculation, depressed agricultural prices, and weakened American credit abroad. Follow him on Twitter InThePastLane. David Nasaw, Historian: Andrew Carnegie is an intellectual, self-educated but an intellectual. But the last big hit was a generation earlier, and the American economy had been transformed in those twenty years. They were what used to be called the chip-chop aristocracy, had no breeding, no genealogy and they need to lay claim to establish their cultural legitimacy.
Are they gonna vote along class lines and join forces with the farmers. He believed that well-paid workers would be happier and more efficient. Jan 16, 1883 Pendleton Act Hoping to reduce corruption in the distribution of government jobs, the United States Congress passes the Pendleton Act, introducing an examination system for selecting federal civil servants. The message is clear: Big business had hijacked American democracy, shutting out and defying the will of the people. Narration: Thirty years after the Civil War, America had transformed into an economic powerhouse. Morgan rarely looked up from his paperwork. As she made her way down the grand staircase, she took in the century old French and Italian tapestries, towering palms, Japanese lanterns and gilded baskets filled with roses.
Once you have paid for your order, your friend or loved one will receive an email letting them know that they have a gift waiting for them at TheGreatCourses. When purchasing a gift for someone, why do I have to create an account? Why have I made all this money? In fact, the government stayed out of most parts of daily life, and big businesses ran the show. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black Representative. She was an energetic agitator who made a living giving speeches in support of underdogs: labor unionists, suffragettes and, in the summer of 1890, the Kansas farmer. Morning: Who won the presidency because of a ballot controversy? Origin of Gilded Age After the 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner 1829-1900 , American author.
July 2: Homestead Steelworks Henry Clay Frick, who managed Andrew Carnegie's steelworks at Homestead, Pa. Gilded has the sense of a patina covering something else. The period in American history from about 1870 to 1900, during which rapid industrialization, a labor pool swelled by immigration, and minimal governmental regulation allowed the upper classes to accumulate great wealth and enjoy opulent lifestyles. Then prepare for check-out and departure in the morning. This shifting, as he notes, is a basic feature of our system. In 1890, muckraking social crusader Jacob A. Join us in Building 300 the building you are facing when you pull into the center to get your room assignment, register with the program staff, and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.
McKinley Tariff A bill passed in 1890 that was one of the highest tariffs in U. It shows the divisions in the society with a kind of stunning clarity. There were only eight U. With an eGift, you can instantly send a Great Course to a friend or loved one via email. O'Donnell, Historian: Part of the ideal back at the beginning of the Republic was a notion of restraint and simplicity.
As a result, this financier is also considered to be a captain of industry by some. Carnegie and the Carnegie Steel people argue over and over again to their working people. Workplace safety was a major concern. The commission's recommendations will be disregarded and Curtis will resign in 1875. Good to know: Wi-Fi throughout campus. With this rapid growth came the rise of a class of extremely wealthy individuals who made up a very small percentage of society. Many activists and politicians invoke the phrase because they see startling parallels with the first , the period from roughly 1870 to 1900 marked by increased poverty, rising inequality and growing concern about corporate influence in politics.
At least 16 people were killed and more than a hundred and fifty injured in the battle that followed. Track the evolution of electrical power, and the impact of both electric lighting and electrified machinery. We will review the schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Grasp the astonishing conservation record of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose efforts created a wide spectrum of national parks, wildlife preserves, and national forests. The political novels of the Gilded Age represent the beginnings of a new strain in , the novel as a vehicle of social protest, a trend that grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the works of the and culminated in the proletarian novelists. Still, child labor was dangerous work and eventually people started to ask if they were really okay living in a nation that supported it.
How will my friend or family member know they have a gift? Narration: Scaling the heights of New York society was perilous work for any newcomer, even one with the right address on Fifth Avenue. As he aptly noted, it was a time of shifting balance between unfettered capitalism and a progressive movement to create needed balance. July 2: Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. By 1890, the top 1 percent of the U. By 1900, that number was over 8 million. In the Electoral College, Cleveland receives 219 votes to Blaine's 182. Hull House A social settlement founded by Jane Addams in the slums of Chicago in 1889.
In an era before we believed in a universal right to a childhood, children were just another part of the machine that was American industry. To begin with, they spent in ways that violated long-standing republican values of modesty and virtue. He created a monopoly by slashing the workforce and their pay in order to maximize profits while eliminating the competition. Their husbands visited hairdressers, then rushed home to pull up their tights and strap on swords. The Great Courses has numerous professors, including O'Donnell, who are masters at taking you on that journey via their train of thought.
The Populists were the last best hope. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. And Morgan understood at a very early age that money was what made everything else happen. Blaine of Maine, engaged in a rivalry with the Stalwarts that weakened the Republican Party and ultimately played a part in the assassination of President James A. Tens of thousands of young men and women from farm families could hop on the train to go where the jobs were: the newly industrializing cities.