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.
Source: EyeWitness to history
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.
Source: Great Big Story
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.
Source: The Week
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.
Source: Mental Floss
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.
Source: The Guardian
Despite increased training and safety measures, serious injuries for US meat plant workers is not a thing of the past. This article details the dangers workers face while on the job.
Whistleblowers have cause for alarm due to “ag-gag” laws that prohibit undercover videos of farm activity. While the videos have the potential to harm the agriculture industry, they can also expose illegal and immoral activities.
Source: The Atlantic
Can laws make people healthier? A nutrition professor at New York University shares her perspective on the effectiveness of regulation in improving eating behaviors and public health.
In the last half of the 1800s, thousands of urban poor people, many who were immigrants, lived in overcrowded and unsafe tenement buildings. This article describes how tenements came into being and were eventually phased out.
This video gives a brief overview of the event that initiated the Spanish-American War, as well as a history of the Battle of Manila Bay.
Source: Business Insider
Tech company CEO Richard White compares current internet service providers and how to regulate them to railroad companies of the Gilded Age.
Source: Sonoma Index-Tribune
Professor and author Jeanne C. Reesman extols the writing of Jack London.
Critic Meghan O’Rourke argues that publishing drafts of Elizabeth Bishop’s work reveals more of the American poet’s brilliance.