This lecture by Professor Daniel Czitrom from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts gives an overview of Jacob Riis. Watch the clips at the following marks for a look at some of Riis’s work and to get a sense of his purpose and relevance today: 20:38–25:10, 36:35–38:40, 45:02–47:35, and 50:56–52:16.
While the Gilded Age is remembered by many, the time period’s presidents are often overlooked. Read about them here.
In 1896, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of “separate but equal” laws, which weren’t struck down until almost 60 years later in Brown v. Board of Education.
From white marble to gold, homes of the wealthy in the Gilded Age featured opulent details. Learn about the architects who built these extravagant homes.
This detailed timeline describes several key conflicts in the historic struggle between prosperous industrialists and the workers whose labor drove their profits.
|Wealthy Americans of the Gilded Age often indulged in extravagance—even when hosting dinner parties. This short article features important dinner etiquette for hosts and guests, and even includes a menu.|
Often historically overshadowed by the first transcontinental railroad, America’s second transcontinental line had a lasting impact on the country’s landscape and economy, giving rise to major cities and introducing new industries. Explore this article to learn more.
For nearly fifty years, the American humor magazine Puck sent up politicians, industrialists, capitalists, and even laborers in sophisticated, thought-provoking cartoons. View this gallery of cartoons lampooning the extravagance of the gilded age.
Read this overview of the Spanish American War and watch the related video about Theodore Roosevelt’s role in it.
The philanthropy of the wives of some of the richest men in American history supported universities, museums, and other institutions. They redefined the traditional role of wealthy women, setting a standard for today’s philanthropic community. Learn more in this short feature.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have been working to discover the risks and ways to protect our health, including the foods we eat. Read some of their findings in this article.
Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was also a dedicated philanthropist who used his wealth to establish hundreds of public libraries. Listen to the story here.
Muckraking journalists are keen-eyed observers unafraid to expose the truth—even at great risk to themselves. View images of the investigative work of journalists and writers who took on powerful entities, exposing corruption and protecting the interests of citizens.
The Pullman porters provided exemplary service at the height of luxury train travel in America. Their efforts to unionize and promote workers’ rights went beyond the picket lines to impact the Great Migration and the growth of the African American middle class.
After the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed a large portion of San Francisco, refugee camps of very small houses were built. They were later moved to different parts of the city and some still exist today.
Food safety regulations that were enacted after journalists raised the alarm over a century ago are becoming increasingly unlikely to protect today’s workers and consumers.
Are Americans living in a new gilded age? See what the numbers say.
Learn more about the bribery, fraud, and corruption which ran rampant during the Gilded Age
Microplastics, as its name suggests, are tiny pieces of plastic. As such, they can be found EVERYWHERE. Even fruits and vegetables are not out of microplastic’s reach.
In this brief biography, guest curators Eleanor Dwight and
Viola Hopkins Winner share details of the life of Edith Wharton.