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1 The Gilded Age Circa

2 Monopoly Sit in groups with at least one person who knows how to play the game. Class rules: start playing first time around free parking, monopolies, houses Noise and clean up Money and bank Deeds

3 Cash Distribution by Banker
$1—5 $5—5 $10—5 $20—6 $50—2 $100—2 $500--2


5 See Quiz Count cash—see #12
Count property values (houses and hotels + properties’ mortgage prices) List properties—see #4 Clean up!

6 Atlantic City– “America’s Playground”


8 First Miss America Contest, 1921

9 Miss America

10 “America’s Playground”
Longest Boardwalk in U.S. (7 miles) First Ferris Wheel Salt Water Taffy Rooming Houses, summer houses, hotels, Crime, corruption (“Get out of jail free”) Miss America Contests Show business (Frank Sinatra and others) Economic troubles—1960s and 1970s Gambling and casinos started in 1976 Donald Trump developments—1980s

11 The Gilded Age Circa Industrialization, Monopolization, Immigration, Urbanization, Unionization (and Political Corruption!)

12 I. Background What does “gilded” mean?
Who referred to this time period as “The Gilded Age”? Why is this period called this?

13 “ISMs” Capitalism—economic practice of private ownership of goods, resources and services—U.S. has this Socialism—economic practice of private ownership of most goods and services and state ownership of major resources and services—Canada has this Communism—economic practice of state ownership of all goods, resources and services—Cuba has this

14 So… The Gilded Age was a time when American capitalism was illustrated in extreme ways “Gilded Age” implies pretty but cheap—it has a negative connotation (“superficial glitter”) Our Gilded Age corresponds with England’s Victorian Age circa

15 II. Consider: Appearance vs. Reality Economic success
Industrialization Social conscience Political involvement Patriotism “The New American” Urbanization Globalization Note: realism in literature and art is a response to the phoniness in politics and society

16 Industrialization

17 Film: Industrialization and Urbanization
What part of the country saw the rise of large cities? (North, South, North East, Southwest?) List three technological advances (new inventions). By 1900, the U.S. produced ___ of the world’s goods (half, one-third, one tenth). The new “captains of industry” exploited what or whom? (exploited means used for own purposes) 5. How did the rise of industries in the U.S. lead to a rise of European immigration?

18 III. Industrialization and Mass Production
35% of world’s goods were U.S. made Factories had: Standardization of parts, assembly line, labor-saving machinery, division of labor, piecework Growth of major eastern cities As cities became crowded, some middle class people fled to suburbs and commuted to cities by streetcars and trains

19 IV. New Inventions—showcased at the Exposition of 1876 in Philadelphia
Oil well, drill, pump Electric power Light bulb Alternating current and transformers Telegraphy and transatlantic cable Telephone Bessemer Process (steel) Plumbing systems Phonograph Bicycle Typewriter Adding machine Steam engine Linoleum Cameras Elevator

20 Inventors Bell—telephone Westinghouse—alternating electrical currents
Edison—phonograph, movie camera, electric light bulb, and many more! Firestone--tires

21 V. Retailing Techniques
Specialty shops Chain stores Department stores Mail Order Advertising and packaging (A &P, Woolworth) (Marshall Fields) (Sears and Roebuck, Montgomery Ward)

22 VI. Law of Supply and Demand
High supply + low demand = low price Low supply + high demand = high price

23 VII. Rise of Millionaires: Captains of Industry or Robber Barons?
(Old money) (New money) Astor Rockefeller Carnegie Vanderbilt Harriman Mellon Morgan Swift Armour Dupont Duke Forbes Getty Heinz Kennedy Hunt Buffet Gates Perot Walton Jobs Winfrey Bush Trump

24 VIII. Philosophies Gilded Age Response to Gilded Age Social Darwinism
Gospel of Wealth Protestant work Ethic Market economy Philanthropy Monopoly Trusts Stock market Laissez-faire Exploitation? Regulation? Populism? Progressivism? Unionization?

25 “Taylorism” System of scientific management developed by Frederick W. Taylor Development of a disciplined labor force by eliminating wasted motion Time management techniques used in factories (with assembly line etc.)

26 Vertical Integration When a company controls both the production and distribution of its product Used by Carnegie to gain control over U.S. steel industry Led to monopoly by eliminating the “middle man”

27 Horizontal Integration
When one company gains control over other companies that produce the same product Used by Rockefeller in the oil refining business Led to monopoly by eliminating competition

28 Laissez-faire Economics
Philosophy stating that economic activities should be largely free of governmental interference, regulations and restraint. Laissez-faire economics was supported by leaders who, ironically, also supported protective tariffs

29 Horatio Alger Wrote “rags to riches” stories
Very popular books on the idealization of the “self-made man”

30 World’s Fair of 1893— Columbian Exposition
Showcased American industrial development and architectural style

31 President Grover Cleveland Hosted the Opening of The World’s Fair
New Products Ideas Cream of Wheat and Shredded Wheat cereals Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Aunt Jemima Syrup Juicy Fruit Gum Cracker Jacks Carbonated Sodas Hamburgers The Electric Chair Walt Disney’s dad worked there and was impressed by the Giant Ferris Wheel The Pledge of Allegiance was written for the fair Columbus Day started in honor of 400th anniversary in 1892 Fair was besieged by bad luck including fatal accidents, storms, fire, and a serial killer in the city of Chicago

32 Industrialization Led to Immigration

33 IX. Immigration Push Factors: poverty, pogroms, political corruption
Pull Factors: factories, opportunities in West, ideals of freedom 6 million from S. and E. Europe 23 million total Most were Roman Catholic, Jewish, Greek/Russian Orthodox Most lived and worked in NE cities

34 X. Ellis Island New York--Immigration Welcome Center—many were quarantined or had a name change Note: Chinese and other immigrants who entered on the west coast came through Angel Island in San Francisco.

35 XI. Statue of Liberty New York Harbor Gift from France, 1886
Poem, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

36 “Give me your tired… …your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse from your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

37 Memorize the poem. A quiz will follow. It will be fill-in-the-blank.
“Give me your ____, your ____, your huddled masses yearning to ________ free. The wretched ______from your teeming shore. Send these, the _____, tempest tossed to ______. I lift my ______ beside the golden _______.” HOMELESS REFUSE TIRED ME LAMP POOR BREATHE DOOR

38 XII. Immigrant Life Ghetto (ethnic neighborhood)
Tenements (apartments) Assimilation (more name changes!)

39 Nativism Ethnocentrism Xenophobia (fear of foreigners) (Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882) “Melting Pot” vs. “Tossed Salad” (assimilation vs. cultural autonomy)

40 Naturalization—process of becoming a U.S. citizen
To apply, file Form N-400

41 A Tenement in New York

42 Industrialization and Immigration Led to Urbanization (growth of cities) New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, etc. Railroads connected the Cities!

43 See Film: Filthy Cities, New York

44 Industrialization and Immigration also led to Unionization. Why?

45 XIII. Labor—Key Trends Labor force was much larger due to immigrants, women, children… Machines increasingly replaced skilled artisans Large bureaucratic corporations dominated the American economy National and international markets

46 What is a labor union? A labor union is an organization of workers who can negotiate with employers over wages, hours, and benefits. Unions who are unhappy with the terms of a contract can go on strike, which means to stop work, and form a picket line with signs.

47 XIV. Knights of Labor Led by Terence Powderly—750,000 members by 1886
Open membership (including women, African-Americans, immigrants) Semi-skilled and unskilled workers Idealistic—believed in cooperation between labor and management Wanted eventual ownership of companies by labor

48 XV. Major Labor Unions (skilled vs. unskilled)
Knights of Labor American Federation of Labor Industrial Workers of the World American Railway Union (led by Eugene Debs) United Mine Workers International Ladies Garment Workers Union (later)

49 IWW— “Wobblies” Led by “Mother Jones” Inclusive (anybody could join)
“An injury to one is an injury to all” Wanted one big union Encouraged class conflict and violence Pegged as socialist and anarchist

50 American Federation of Labor (AF of L)
Replaced Knights of Labor Led by Samuel Gompers, leader of Cigar Makers Union Alliance of skilled workers in craft unions Focused on “bread and butter” issues: higher wages, shorter hours, better working conditions

51 XVI. Strikes Haymarket Square Riot—1886--Chicago—McCormick Harvesting Company (blamed on Knights of Labor)

52 Homestead Steel—1892—Carnegie Steel plant in Pittsburgh—Pinkerton detectives used

53 Pullman Railway—wages cut due to 1893 depression--led to national strike led by Eugene Debs—1894—halted commerce—Debs arrested when President Cleveland ordered mail delivery

54 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire—1911 (146 people died within 18 minutes)

55 XVII. Labor Terms Union Boycott Closed shop Collective bargaining
Fringe benefits Injunction Strike Lockout Mediation Working conditions Blacklist Open shop Picket Scab Seniority Union shop Yellow dog contract Sit down strike Arbitration Minimum wage sweatshop

56 XVIII. Socialism “Reds”—favored ideas of Karl Marx—a “classless society” Wanted control of businesses in hands of workers Promoted unions

57 Famous “Reds” Eugene Debs Emma Goldman John Reed


59 XIX. Entertainment Ragtime music by Scott Joplin Political rallies
Nickelodeons Flickers (1903—The Great Train Robbery) Amusement parks (Coney Island) Resorts (Atlantic City) Dance halls Vaudeville Minstrel Sports (baseball, football, boxing, horse races)

60 XX. Politics Republicans Democrats Northerners African-Americans
Small business owners favoring government intervention Rural Protestants Southern whites Northern political machines Immigrants (naturalized) Big businessmen who favored laissez-faire economic policies

61 What is a political machine?
An unofficial city organization designed to keep a particular party or group in power, and usually headed by a single, powerful boss. Note: the most famous boss and machine was Boss William Tweed and Tammany Hall in New York City

62 XXI. Political Corruption
Political machine Spoils system Graft, bribes, favors, money laundering Election fraud Tammany Hall—NYC—Tweed Ring

63 XXII. Issues Civil Service Reform—Pendleton Act passed after Garfield assassination Women’s suffrage Civil rights Distribution of public lands Level of government regulation in business—Sherman Anti-trust Act passed but not enforced until after 1901 Exposing injustice and corruption—Thomas Nast (cartoons) and Jacob Riis (journalism), Lewis Hine (photography)

64 View Film on Labor and Answer
Name three unions. Why were wages being driven down? List five potential hazards of a job. How many people were killed and injured on the job in 1913? Strikes were justified in that “they were fighting for the ___ of the U.S.” How long did the Homestead Strike last? How did the Railway Strike end? Define Populism. What was the Progressive Movement ? Name one more random fact from the film.


66 The Gilded Age Vocabulary
Capitalism Socialism Communism Industrial Revolution Gilded Age Monopoly Merge Stocks Captains of Industry Robber barons Laissez-faire Urbanization Social Darwinism Gospel of Wealth Immigration Trust Philanthropist Bonus1: Labor Union Bonus 2: Entrepreneurship

67 The Gilded Age in Pictures (“Superficial Glitter”)
Circa Industrialization, Monopolization, Immigration, Urbanization, & Unionization (and Political Corruption!)






































105 Andrew Carnegie and The Age of Steel
List three details about Carnegie’s early life. 2. How did the steel industry get started? 3. How did Carnegie gain wealth and the title of Captain of Industry? 4. What was a major setback for The Carnegie Steel industry? 5. What is Carnegie’s legacy as an entrepreneur and philanthropist?

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