Gilded Age

era in the history of the USA between the late 1860's and the 1890's

The Gilded Age is a time in the in history of the USA. It lasted from the end of the American Civil War, and up to the late 19th century. It corresponds to the latter part of the British Victorian era.

The Breakers is a Gilded Age mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

The name Gilded Age was first used by writer Mark Twain in The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873). The time saw rapid progress in technology and railroad expansions and industrialization.[1] Immigrants came in the millions. The intense political partisanship of the day included disputes over currency, tariffs, political corruption and patronage, railroads and business trusts.[2]


  1. "The Gilded Age". US History. Retrieved 2 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Digital History". Retrieved 2018-02-07.

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