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  1. Introduction
  2. Reconstruction era
  3. Civil War
  4. The laws and constitutional amendments
  5. The equal protection cause
  6. The Gilded Age
  7. Social reform
  8. The period of change
  9. Labor reform
  10. Progressive era
  11. Conclusion

I think that throughout this era there was a definite tendency for the government to enforce change to somehow make the nation better. This, however, wasn't always the case as it sometimes led to a great downfall, but with the great risk of changing something that isn't necessarily ?broke? came some great advancement in our country. However, it was impossible to address all the issues our country was experiencing so there's bias whether a good era during our country's history really is good or not. At the era in which these events were taking place, our government was conducting a huge ?experiment? in which they were trying different techniques to make our society and country a more harmonious place by addressing social and economic issues, to name a few.

[...] The Gilded Age is most famous for the creation of a modern industrial economy in which a national transportation and communication network was created transforming business operations forever. Because of this, per capita income and industrial production in the United States led the world by the beginning of the 20th century. This led to the rise of a couple of super-rich industrialists such as Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller. Heavy industry like factories, railroads, and coal mining were abundant during the Gilded Age. [...]


[...] This great change may have not been as positive as the government anticipated as many problems arose. For instance, as immigration and population in the cities began grow, poverty grew as well. Another big negative during the Gilded Age was politics was incredibly corrupt as there were many scandalous acts going on such as corrupt state governments, massive fraud in cities controlled by political machines, and political payoffs to secure government contracts to name a few. Despite the problems arising nationally since the Reconstruction era ended, our country still was in a developmental stage in that we still were ever changing. [...]

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