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Native American Indians During The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age was characterized by a thriving economy and an image of progress. However, the government embarked in a campaign of subjugation against minorities. Native American Indians suffered a lot during this time in American History. They were sent to reservations, discriminated, and expected to adhere to the government's program of Americanization. Discuss the plight of Native American Indians during the Gilded Age in the United States of America.

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The Gilded Age is the era between 1870 and 1890 and the period that followed the end of Reconstruction. Eric Foner indicates, in Give Me Liberty! An American History (2011), that the Gilded Age was characterized by the growth of the United States' economy. The U.S. had a vast amount of natural resources, an increasing supply of labor and available capital for investment. More than that, the U.S. turned into the leading industrial country. Factory production and mining expanded. The government encouraged the construction of railroads all across the nation. About 11 million of Americans moved from the farms into the cities looking for industrial jobs. Around 25 million immigrants arrived into the U.S. Also, inventors, such as Thomas A. Edison and Nikola Tesla, made the possible the spreading of electricity. The telephone, typewriter and the handheld camera appeared between 1870 and 1880. In other words, the wealth of the U.S. was thriving.

Nevertheless, not everything was as amusing as it sounded. The Gilded Age's name derives from a novel written by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. As Foner point out in the book, gilded means a gold cover, but the inside is not gold. This means that appearances deceive what lies behind. It is true that the U.S. economy was thriving and that the nation turned into an industrial power. This progressive process, however, was ...

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The Gilded Age was an important time in American History because it was characterized by a successful economy and progress. Nevertheless, this wealth was achieved through the subjugation of minorities, such as the Native American Indians. This group of indigenous people lost their lands and were sent to reservations. In addition, government embarked in a campaign of subjugation and Americanization of minorities. In brief, this solution discusses the plight of Native American Indians during the Gilded Age in the United States of America. Sources are included.