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Economy in the Gilded Age Review the ingredients for the Gilded Age economy—do the same key ingredients shape our current economy? What’s different –what’s the same? Do we still rely on the same infrastructure? Have the sources of capital changed? Is American culture still as supportive of business? Does the modern economy have individual “giants” similar to Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan? Is the underside of the American underclass still as poor? Are urban and factory conditions still so grim? Is it possible to sequence these critical ingredients in terms of importance? Could economic growth have been so dramatic without all of these? Could one be removed without changing the bottom line? Without record immigration rates would the economy have grown so dramatically? What if the government had imposed more regulations on business activities?