The Gilded Age
All nations pride themselves in the richness of their history and the United States of America is of no exception. One of the most remarkable and meaningful moments of American History is found in the Gilded Age. The phrase ‘Gilded Age’ was relatively coined by two American icons, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. However, they phrased this period in negative light in regards to the just ended Civil War. Nevertheless, true to the adage the darkest hour comes before dawn, the Gilded Age was a period of time that saw the mesmeric rise of a nation from the ashes of war.
The Gilded Age occurred in between the years 1865 and 1900 or thereabouts. This period coincided with ongoing industrialization in the world. The USA was not left behind, the early 1870s had seen the nation emerge as an industrial power. Resources were being harnessed in full potential in the country. Given the makings of the Civil War, the country had made humungous strides in technological advancements. This had a domino effect on the country’s industrialization rebirth. The advances made in technology boosted the up and coming industries to a whole new level.
1868 was a paramount year in women history. This was the year the typewriter was finalized to perfection. This was a noteworthy technological advancement as it opened the floodgates of new employment opportunities significantly for women. Women had been afforded a great chance to prove their worth in the growing economy. The jobs for women also marked an evolution of sorts in old age saga of gender parity; this time saw the popular movement referred to as ‘The Woman Movement’ gain relevancy. Through this group, women were able to access more jobs whilst championing for their rights. Therefor…
…rse. In all truth, the Gilded Age proved to be a decisive yet defining moment in the growth of one of the most premier nations in the world.
Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall. “A People and A Nation: A History of the United States.” Boston: Cenage Learning. 2009. Print.
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