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What Was the Gilded Age (And Are We Living in A Second One)? Historian Edward T. O'Donnell will speak about the tumultuous period in American history known as the Gilded Age (1870-1900) with a special focus on the influential reformer Henry George (about whom he recently published a book). The Gilded Age was a period when America experienced astonishing growth in prosperity, population, and industry, but also urban squalor, political corruption, worker exploitation, Robber Baron ruthlessness, and an alarming growth in the gap between rich and poor. This talk will examine this first Gilded Age and the key issues it raised, as well as how out of its turmoil the U.S. entered a period (The Progressive Era) marked by wide-ranging reform movements. The last portion will offer a comparison between the first Gilded Age and our current situation.
This lecture will be held in Salisbury House’s Common Room. Doors open at 6:45 pm.
History Series at Salisbury House is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Charlotte and Fred Hubbell Butler House on Grand
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