The gilded age consisted of rapid economic growth and generated a vast amount of wealth during the Gilded Age.Many new products and technologies improved middle-class quality of life, and industrial workers and farmers did not share in the new prosperity by working long hours in dangerous conditions for a low amount of pay. Many Americans during this age wanted political and social reforms, but they strongly disagreed strongly on what king of reform (Progressive Era). The gilded age affected today's world in that many of the economic forces that unleashed during these years were crucial to the development of American society. Many of the people who suffered through this period had wages that were low and their status was precarious and entrepreneurs were building a nation economy that would be able to deliver better goods, improved lifestyles,and eventually led for higher wages for the vast majority of Americans.
Everything that we think of as truly 'american' came from this time period; railroads were built, Americans continued to move out west, immigrants poured in and created cultural enclaves, coty populations increased as well as the American population in general, farm specialization, and the concept of a robber baron developed. Also, the whole meaning behind the Gilded Age's name, covering up things to make them more beautiful than they really are, is still prevalent in America today. Today, many American citizens have an elevated view of America, despite the multitude of problems that's plagues American society, politics, and foreign policy.
The Gilded age opened the door for Political Cartoonists and their work. Political Cartoons helped educate those who couldn't read or didn't understand politics well by displaying ideas through a different medium, this caused those like "Boss" Tweed to fall in the loaning business because the people he was exploiting figured out his true intentions. Political Cartoons have become a great way to teach students how to relate one individual or countriy's motive in relation to a big event in history.
The Gilded Age affects us today in that we are able to learn from our past about how corrupt this time period was. As we look back, we are more aware of the dishonest ways in which businessmen ran their companies and took advantage of people to obtain wealth. Today, we are educated about the deceptive and unprincipled methods that people take action in, which is why today's society is not prone to the mistakes that were exhibited during the Gilded Age. Furthermore, business is much cleaner and genuine today because there are now laws in place that prevent dirty businessmen from taking advantage of either common people, other businesses, or the government.
The gilded age affected today's worlds on multiple fronts, with respects to both the political field, and economic development. With the Barron Robbers in this time period, certain laws were passed in order to limit the powers that companies could retain, and to prevent the continual establishment and monopolies. By doing this, competition is kept, thus driving prices and the economy. With excess of the expanse in companies, new business is ignored, and finds much more difficulty in gaining economic advantage, as well as consumers having much less influence over products and expense. In addition to this, the U.S. government found itself indebted to these powerful figures when it was forced to go to them when it was threatened with bankruptcy, on multiple occasions. Due to this, people such as J.P. Morgan gained illegitimate authority over this political body.
The Gilded Age was a time of modernization. Many of the technological advancements we know today, were created during this time. Things like industry, the light bulb, electricity, and the telephone are essential to today's society. Had these not been created, technology today may not have made the advancements that we are familiar with today. Smartphones, computers, and any technology requiring electricity, may just be ideas of the future.
The Gilded Age was also the time when the transcontinental railroad was founded, which made transportation quicker and more efficient. This allowed for industry to blossom.
The GIlded age created the work force as we know it to be today. It gave ideas such that people who are not educated can be taken advantage of by making them work force less of a profit. The locomotive industries also increased due to many workers finding work. Also, it gave ideas that money is power making economic development increase, however creating inflation. All in all, the economic growth in industries created many opportunities for workers to work.
The gilded age was full of false and pretentious reasons that helped keep the rich in power. There were low wages, unfair monopoly, and the rich were controlling the government. Through the use of gold, the gilded age just disguised the internal problem among their inhabitants, which was social inequality between the citizens and the immigrants. Although technologies were improving their environment, such as machinery and communication and transportation, the rich controlled almost every industry and ran the government. How the gilded age affects today's world is that it developed new technology that improved the quality of life for Americans. It also gave power to the rich such Rocafeller and Tweed, which is shown in today's society, such as political and economic ambition.
The use of the legal system to make the oppression of African Americans in the US society official during the Gilded Age has led to a mistrust of the governmental system in America today. The corruption of political systems during the gilded age prompt cynicism in the US's population and the belief that the wealthy control the government. The industrial advancement of the Gilded Age, however, has industrialized the world and made a higher level of living possible for US citizens, who now expect a higher level of luxury. The industrialization of the age also promoted urbanization and made city-living commonplace in today's society. It also changed the way people work, making the idea of having a career with one company for a person's entire life plausible and, in today's world, a goal.
The Gilded Age continues to affect today’s society through social and economic problems, labor tensions, and capitalism. Much of the poverty that exists is often times ignored due to the extravagances that are broadcast on the news in the United States. Rather than acknowledging the faults of the nation, people tend to only view what they believe to be a representation of the United States, such as celebrities and politicians. Similar to how situations were in the late 1800s, the rich take advantage of the poor by offering only what is beneficial to themselves. For example, many people living in poverty are only offered minimal wage because they do not have the ability or resources to find a job that provides them more money. Although minimal wage is condemned, people typically ignore that most of their goods come from people working under minimum wage or less, such as immigrants from Mexico. As the United States’ economy continues to expand, the poor struggle to survive while the rich only gets richer. Only occasionally is there an individual who started out poor and ended up rich. These are the one’s that are suppose to represent the mass who attempt to become wealthy, but may or may not achieve the American Dream. Additionally, corruption exists in politicians today just as it did decades back through people such as Randy Duke Cunningham. Overall, while the corruption, poverty, and lifestyle that existed in the Gilded Age is not as prevalent, there are still underlying features that shows that the United States is still struggling with development today. The American Dream sought by the many can still only be achieved by only a few. The rest of the population is forced to work for a living, typically hard jobs that require long hours.
During the Gilded Age, there was tension between blacks and whites due to the changes in race relations during Reconstruction. During Reconstruction, the southern whites were appalled over the rights blacks were receiving, but they could not legally force blacks out of positions of power because the Union had armies in the South to enforce these rules. However, when the troops left at the beginning of the Gilded Age, the Southern whites proceeded to terrorize the black residents. They took away their right to vote and they would lynch African Americans who were seen as "uppity" or "disrespecting white people". They also were oppressed by the media, through things like black face, which made black seem physically and socially inequal to whites. This caused blacks to feel like they had to be submissive to white people. These tense race relations still affect us today. In the United States, there are still large groups of people who do not believe blacks are equal to white people, due to the stereotypes that have been perpetuated for decade, starting with Jim Crow.
The Gilded Age affected today's world by setting the precedents of the properties of business with the use of industry. During this time, rich men took advantage of retired farmers and immigrants in order to work in industrial innovations during the 1870s to the 1890s, such as factories and mills. This also led to innovations of productivity of human resources as well, such as specialization. With cheap labor and new machinery, the economy in boomed in the U.S, which in turn made it more assumed as a world power. The Gilded Age also shows the result of the absence of workers protection, as corrupt politicians treated and payed their workers poorly, while charging them large amounts of money for materials they would need, while also monopolizing business. With these corrupt businessmen and politicians(robber barons), lower class people (blacks, immigrants, poor whites) came to distrust these politicians, and had even angered America's middle class as well. During the Gilded Age, Thomas Nast popularized the political cartoon, and aided those who could not read by showing political and economic controversys. The economic boom of the Gilded Age also funded the expansion of the U.S such as the annexation of Hawaii and the war in Cuba, which resulted in the progression of the U.S' authority throughout the world (in preporation for the colonizing period in the early to mid 1900s), and the election of Theodore Roosevelt, one of the manliest presidents of all time that would leas the country in great reform.
The Gilded Age was a period of time in which the country was prospering economically. The introduction of the robber barons changed the economy. There was a drive for competition which inspired creativity and new inventions that are still used today such as the electricity and the light bulb. The shift to an even more industrialized economy led to the establishment of big cities with skyscrapers and new forms of architecture, many of which stand today. The influx of immigrants created clusters of people from the same area, which is still seen today with “China Town” and “Little Italy”. The transcontinental railroad provided a means for better communication, transportation and the movement of goods. Although there were issues with worker wages, corruption, unfair labor practices, among other things, it was necessary in the development of a national economy. The problems and mistakes from that era, have created a need for the creation of policies such as the minimum wage law.
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