College Papers

Many issues from the time of 1865 to 1900 in the United States

Many issues from the time of 1865 to 1900 in the United States, more commonly referredto as the Gilded Age, stemmed from the notorious unregulation of the era. The progression of industrialization with the development of more refined technologies and methods, and consequently the furthering of urbanization with the growth of cities and the rapid influx of Eastern European and Asian immigrants, were a few of the elements that contributed to the primary characteristics of Gilded Age politics. The impact of a lasseiz-faire and hands off approach to economics also led to a rather lackadaisical government that took few actions to address the looming problems at hand that were even less effective. Socioeconomic issues pervaded the working class, from their deplorable living conditions to the equally disheartening ones in the work place. The ignored complaints of farmers in regards to unfair railroad costs also spiralled into a much larger conflict that was poorly dealt with by the passive government of the time. The control large businesses also had over politics was yet another a dilemma many Americans had with the way the political machines ran, one that the politics failed to completely resolve. Although a few measures were taken to handle the plight of the working class, the disparity in railroad rates and the overwhelming influence of monopolies and trusts on politics, they were largely ineffective in their intended goals