The Gilded Age

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Preceding the Progressive Era, the Gilded Age showcased a vast number of changes in the industrial, economic, political, and social aspects of developing America. These changes, such as the rise of competitive industries, the continuous diverge of social and economic classes, and government authority, were issues carried into the early 20th century. Resulting from these issues were those that emerged, causing a reform movement, the Progressive Era. These leaders included Woodrow Wilson, incumbent President William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and Eugene V. Debs. These candidates in the Presidential Election of 1912 campaigns were dominated by the reform efforts. While the candidates had the similar desire to reform the nation, their plans contrasted in the aspects of the limitations of the government, control over businesses in accordance with the economy, and civil rights and service for the people. Aforementioned, the candidates sought to reform the government in the manner of how it controlled America, nationally and locally. Prior to the developed political ideas of the candidates, America was flourishing in industrialization with new industries in the Gilded Age. Major business tycoons and their corporations such as John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company became so powerful that they ultimately began to control the government. This was also because the government decided to regulate businesses in a “laissez-faire” manner, which means the government would…

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