The Era Of The Gilded Age

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From 1865 to 1900, the American industry paved the way for an era like none that has been seen before. The country built and invented more supplies and materials than anyone had thought possible. Even though, this time in history seemed progressive on many fronts, it was known as the “Gilded Age”. The Gilded Age was a three decade time in America that involved an expanding economy and a useless government. The thought of going to an American city, getting a job, and getting paid was ideal to most outsiders. The problem was, once they arrived and found a job, it was not as wonderful as it seemed . It was called the Gilded Age because, from the outside, everything looked wonderful, but on the inside it was spoiled. During America’s Industrial era, the immigration numbers skyrocketed, the quality of working conditions plummeted, and the environment suffered. The Industrial era brought people to American cities in excessive numbers and led to tenement houses, ghettos and nativism. Immigrants from all over the world were going to American cities for a better life but instead ended up living in tenement houses. From 1800 to 1880, New York City’s population doubled each decade (Tenements). These immigrants needed somewhere to live and the tenement houses were their only option. The buildings were low-rise, narrow, cramped, poorly lit, and lacked indoor plumbing or ventilation (Tenements). With the tenement housing came ghettos. A ghetto is a low socioeconomic area, usually…

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