The Gilded Age 1877-1900 . Technological Advances . Telephone Bicycle Typewriter Elevator Root Beer Linoleum “floor covering of the future” Steel (skyscrapers, bridges) . Industrialization and The Rise of Big Business .
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There was almost no federal government regulation of businesses at this time, therefore there was: nominimum wage,nomaximum number of hours per week,nohigher pay for overtime,noregulation of unhealthy or unsafe working conditions, andnohealth insurance or other employee benefits.
Industrialization created low-wage, low-skilled jobs that made employees easy to replace. This led to the growth of labor unions.