Not much has changed in Washington except the names of the Senators. I will not find safety hiding under my bed. Laissez faire ideals enabled industrialists and entrepreneurs to operate with public support and without government interference. As a consequence of the tragedy Galveston introduced the commission system of government replacing the mayor and city council. Sure, it's about politics, corruption, greed, business speculation and credit bubbles, so a main point about reading it is seeing how little anything has changed. Gilded Age Timeline Gilded Age Timeline Fact 11: 1874: Joseph Glidden invents barbed wire fencing changing farming and ranching in America that heralds the end of the and the Gilded Age Timeline Fact 12: 1875: The , a conspiracy by distillers to avoid the excise taxes on liquor Gilded Age Timeline Fact 13: 1876 The in which the Secretary of War, William Belknap, received bribes Gilded Age Timeline Fact 14: 1876: National League baseball plays its first official game Gilded Age Timeline Fact 15: 1877: The a secret society of Irish coal miners in Pennsylvania led the 'Long Strike of 1875' which resulted in 20 members being unjustly hanged for murder Gilded Age Timeline Fact 16: 1877: Rutherford B. Most modern historians are less willing to accept the period's casualties quite so philosophically, but many have concluded that the economic forces unleashed during these years were crucial to the development of American society.
Philip is good-natured but plodding. However, after a failed attempt to pursue a career on the lecture circuit, her spirit is broken, and she dies regretting her fall from innocence. Henry and Sellers, presumably, will continue to live gaily by their wits while others pay their bills. But did you know that it was Mark Twain who coined the term 'Gilded Age'? And the courts weakened by insisting that employers had a right to replace striking workers while at the same time denying that strikers had a right to organize boycotts. Understanding the Gilded Age Economy Many argue that America's extraordinary economic development during the Gilded Age can be summarized by a handful of statistics. For starters, there was an unprecedented explosion of. In America's office buildings, cash registers, adding machines, and typewriters transformed the way people did business.
Abandoning altogether the appearance of competition, industrial leaders simply absorbed their competitors. And in 1901, he forged a merger between Carnegie Steel and several other companies to form U. Some Americans celebrated the new wealth, and others lamented it. There are many good things about this book, which includes a good plot, decent characterization, intermittently stunning dialogues and partially cutting philosophy and half-vivid descriptions. I love Twain's work in general, and his next novel was Tom Sawyer, so it is apparent that his genius was being stilted by his co- This is by far my least favorite of Twain's work. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion.
And all the while, government fat cats sat pretty in their Washington suites, buying up more land and swindling ma and pa out of their meager savings. Thomas Edison was the man responsible for the 'electrification' of America when, in 1879, he developed the first successful incandescent electric light bulb. This first novel of Mark Twain, co-written with Charles Dudley Warner, introduces us to his dry wit, social and political satire, and some of the hard-working, and hardly-working, people of the late nineteenth century frontier. It took me over a year to plod through, simply because it didn't interest me enough to pick it up when so many other books were calling to me. Fortunately, there was enough time spent with the good characters to carry me through, and the various stories about the politicians were definitely good for a continuous laugh. The Stone's Landing subplot engages the reader for many pages, and it contributes admirably to the themes of the book, but it fizzles out halfway through the book with never a definitive closure. Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
Although this was written in the early ages of the 'Gilded Age' to which it would give its name, before the rise of the great industrial conglomerates and wars of conquest and imperialism, it does reveal the current spirit of corruption and greed. But a nation that had long viewed itself in idyllic terms, as a nation of small farmers and craftsmen, confronted the emergence of a society increasingly divided between the haves and the have-nots: a society in which many poor workers struggled just to survive while an emerging industrial and financial aristocracy lived in palatial homes and indulged in opulent amusements. Now usually applied to the period extending from the election of Ulysses S. Rockefeller's bean-counting sensibilities were repulsed by this disorder. By the turn of the century, that number had jumped to almost 200, 000 miles, linking the North, South, and West.
It follows two groups: The Hawkins family and two young New England men, Philip and Henry. Andrew Carnegie realized that he needed to articulate a philosophy that defended the size of the personal fortunes he and his friends were accumulating. Even so, I was hard put to develop and real interest in those who turned out to be the central characters. Overview The Gilded Age and the first years of the twentieth century were a time of great social change and economic growth in the United States. The Gilded Age lent its name to the period of U.
After first supporting the right of workers to unionize, he gave his plant manager, Henry Frick, a free hand in beating back the fledgling American Association of Iron and Steel Workers when the union tried to organize his Homestead steel plant outside Pittsburgh. The Gilded Age recounts the profound and quite recognizable corruption of the late 19th century United States, particularly Big Business. Rockefeller employed new oil refining methods, while somewhat less famously, Charles Pillsbury and Cadwallader Washburn Gold Medal Flour developed technologies that delivered inexpensive high-quality flour to American kitchens. Mark Twain's observations of The Gilded Age remain spot on today. Carnegie was renowned as a philanthropist, giving away roughly 90% of his fortune to various charitable organizations. Twain wrote the first eleven chapters, which were brilliant at times, but the story began to sag when Warren took over.
And since they were constantly criticizing novels that their wives enjoyed, they were challenged to write something better. I could also be said to pave the way for Upton Sinclair's, The Jungle. The most infamous of these machines was New York's Tammany Hall, but corrupt urban politics didn't end at the Hudson River. Curiously, although virtually everything he undertakes fails, he receives sympathetic treatment because he is basically a nice guy who, himself, is caught up in his impossible dreams: As may be readily believed, Col. The 'Gilded Age' was a sarcastic and derogatory term coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner to describe the time when many Industrialists acquired wealth and opulent lifestyles through bribery and corruption.
One thing I object to is comparing Colonel Sellers to Dickens' Micawber in David Copperfield. Big business thrived during the Gilded Age, even as government stepped in to regulate it. Overall my recommendation is to read The Gilded Age because it truly is a Tale of Today. Still, I am glad I read it, if for no other reason than historical perspective. Poor Charles Dudley Warner is completely ignored by most references to this title, yet the guy wrote at least half of the many words. The political novels of the Gilded Age represent the beginnings of a new strain in , the novel as a vehicle of social protest, a trend that grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the works of the and culminated in the proletarian novelists. The possibility of wealth through a lucky investment drives the characters into poverty.