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Unit 7--The Gilded Age (1870-1900)

After the Civil War, the United States experienced national and regional changes during an era known as the “Gilded Age.” In the North, the rapid industrialization during the Civil War led to a post-war “industrial revolution” in railroads, oil, steel, and electricity. Modern corporations and “big business” monopolies thrived in a laissez-faire, capitalist climate. Southern and Eastern European immigrants flooded to America looking for jobs while nativism increased towards these “new immigrants.” The growth of industry led to rapid urbanization, skyscrapers, slums, and corrupt political machines. Out West, miners, cowboys, and farmers flooded into the frontier aided by the transcontinental railroad, Homestead Act, and destruction of the Plains Indians. By 1890, the flood of Americans into the West “closed” the frontier and destroyed Indian culture and resistance. Despite the growth of the West, many westerners grew frustrated with Eastern bankers and railroad corporations and formed a new political movement that represented their interests, called the Populist Party. During this Gilded Age, national politicians protected corporate America and allowed for the unrestrained growth of “big business” while failing to meet the needs of Indians, unions, urban immigrants, African-Americans. 

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