The Gilded Age: A Tale Of Today

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The Gilded age is a term made popular by the American writers Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner from there book entitled “The Gilded Age: a Tale of Today.” The term is quoted as “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." this is accurately defined as covered with gold when not needed because its already beautiful, and was applied to this period as a whole. It was a date in time portrayed by displays of money and excessive luxury. However, it is important to consider that the Gilded Age was not nearly as wonderful as a flower; a time of despair and dirt was "gilded" by the image of the rich who benefited from industrialization. Imagine a statue from far away you see it as it looks all shiny and gold and…show more content…
Economic growth means wealth, a lot of wealth in this case wealth for the wealthy. As the saying goes the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. Many people viewed businessmen of the nineteenth century as “Robber barons.” (Business men and bankers who dominated their respective industries and cumulative huge personal fortunes) They believed that these business men were so emerged into giant corporations and were so dedicated in striving for monopolistic power that their only pursuit was wealth and power in all of accomplishments. This entry counterbalances the idea of Robber barons. John Chamberlain emphasizes the creative accomplishments of these business leaders. He explains the effects they had on the American public, while also realizing the shameful aspects of their actions. There were two kinds of businessmen in the industry. Robber barons were businessmen who were often criticized on they way they made there money. They were people who stopped at nothing to achieve great wealth. They stole from the public to make their money. They also paid workers as little as possible, as well as putting them in dangerous working conditions. Captains of Industry were the direct opposite of a Robber baron. Captains of Industry were ingenious businessmen who changed American economy with their business skills. They made the community better by making factories which allowed for more job
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