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The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age

Discussion & Essay Questions

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  1. 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?