||The Gilded Age
The Civil War was devastating
to the entire nation, but particularly to the south.
Reconstruction was seen by the north as rebuilding the country, but in
the south it was
seen as an effort to punish them and the occupation by Federal troops
The historic presidential race of 1876, in which Samuel Tilden won by a
but relinquished the presidency in the Compromise of 1877, ended Reconstruction.
While the economy grew in the northern states the south struggled to rebuild
fighting the effects of corrupt carpetbaggers. The move from a
rural to an urban society
had started before the war in the north so was easily continued, but it
was harder for
this adaptation in the south, which until now had relied on producing goods
Sometimes identified with the Progressive
Era, The Gilded Age is the historical era
from the ending of the Civil War until World War I. This was a
time of many changes in
American life. The move from a rural to urban, industrial living
base opened the doors
for new ideas.
Castle Stamps of Gibson Girls
This was a remarkable time of artistic growth in literature, art, music, photography,
architecture. Americans began to have more leisure time and began
to look for
pastimes such as vacations. During this time there were expositions
Chicago, St. Louis and San Francisco. It was during this era that Kate
Chopin did her
writing. Other well known authors also wrote during this era. Chopin
died while the St.
Louis Exposition was taking place in 1904.
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