At the turn of the 20th century, fear of a viral epidemic gripped the nation. Learn about yellow fever and how it spread.
Learn about Mark Twain’s life through this collection of texts, photos, illustrations, and other media.
The burger wars are heating up as those in the meat industry realize the potential of lab-grown meat. Read more about why substitutes for traditionally farmed meat are gaining traction.
In this opinion piece, Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation, outlines why sustainable farming is the opposite of elitist.
This segment discusses the work Jacob Riis did, the tactics he used to communicate his message, and the books others have written about him. View the images Riis took and choose a book excerpt to read.
Check out this list to learn some interesting facts about Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Imagine having a bathroom of gold or rerouting an entire train track and moving a town in order to avoid the sight of train smoke. These weren’t the actions of finicky royals, but instead a reality for tycoons and socialites during the Gilded Age. Read more about the outrageous ways people spent their money.
More than a “writer of dog books,” Jack London’s other interests and contributions to society are not typically recognized. A small museum is looking to change that.
At “Poverty Parties” during the Gilded Age, the rich would transform from riches to rags to “free” themselves from the constraints of society. Read more about the insensitive parties that took place at a time of significant income disparity.
For almost 100 years before women gained the right to vote, suffragists fought to win that right. Watch the video to learn more about Susan B. Anthony’s role at this time.
In the late 19th century, some families in the United States grew fabulously rich from the country’s industrialization. Read about the “Gilded Age,” Mark Twain’s term for the excesses of wealthy people during this period.
Would you volunteer to eat a dinner you knew was poisoned? That was exactly what a group of 12 volunteers did in the early 1900s. Watch the video to learn more about what they ate and how this influenced the food we eat today.
The Gilden Age, as its name suggests, was appealing on the surface, but many objectionable qualities laid below the exterior. Compare our current time period to the late 1800s.
Communities across the nation take part in Empty Bowls, a grassroots movement meant to fundraise for people who are food insecure. Learn more about ways this movement is bringing about meaningful change.
Homelessness takes many forms and has many causes. It affects over half a million people in the United States alone, and that number is on the rise. Learn about the depth of the problem and what is being done to combat it.
Muckrakers exposed corruption and injustices in ways that forced society to examine and confront these issues. We owe many social reforms to the efforts of these brave people.
What motivates us to be greedy? Who is likely to be more greedy: people with more or with less? Read about a study that was designed to answer questions like these.
Food industries did not always have the best interests of their consumers in mind. This is especially the case with “embalmed milk,” a tainted dairy product.
Nellie Bly risked injury and insanity to report on the horrible conditions of mental institutions in the late 1880s. Her undercover investigation led to public awareness and reform
Jacob Riis brought the darkness of New York City’s tenement housing into light with his photos. This forced America to confront the brutal conditions that impoverished people faced.