The Gilded Age Of America

1621 WordsDec 9, 20147 Pages
Throughout history, America was faced with many problems socially, economically, politically, and technologically. But America has also experienced many great successes in these areas as well. Some opportunities were seized, while others were wasted. We can learn from our past failures and successes and take what we have learned from them forward with us into the future, to help build and maintain a better America. The Gilded Age, during the late 1800’s, was a time in America where we experienced explosive economic growth, serious social problems, new innovative technology, and the rise of corporations and corruption in politics. We have learned from some of these things that we went through in the Gilded Age and fixed them, but we are still facing some of the problems we faced back then, today. During the Gilded Age, America experienced many economic and technological successes. For example, the second industrial revolution helped America achieve huge economic success. The country enjoyed a surplus of natural resources, an expanding supply of labor, a growing market for manufactured goods, as well as the availability of capital for investment. There were many other factors contributing to the rapid economic growth during the Gilded Age. The expansion of railroads were one of these contributing factors. From 1860 to 1880, the number of miles of railroad tracks tripled in the United States, stemming from private investment and large grants of money and land by the
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