The Gilded Age

Essay by frostysayzCollege, UndergraduateA, July 2005

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The Gilded Age was a time of a period of economic growth, change, transition, and industrialization. It is also known as the Victorian Period, which takes place in England. The Gilded Age defines superficial and shallow values, also known as illusion of gold. This was all because of The Civil War followed by the Reconstruction Era brought a need for change in society. The nation was shifting towards a more industrialized society as opposed to the agricultural society it once was. Instead of making producing your own crops and consuming them, you bought products of other producers, which resulted in rise of economy. From 1865 to 1900 changes in political, social, economic, and cultural institutions and thought contributed to the transition to a more modern American society.

This essay defines the character of the American society during the period 1865 to 1900. The impacts of the Civil War and Reconstrcution Era on this period in American History.