The Gilded Age. Gilded Age Explained. Name given to the time period in American history between Reconstruction and the turn of the 20th century (late 1870s-1900 ).
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“…the purpose of the state was to settle upper-class disputes peacefully, control lower-class rebellion, and adopt policies that would further the long-range stability of the system.” - Howard ZinnA People’s History of the United States
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"No harm shall come to any business interest as the result of administrative policy so long as I am President ... a transfer of executive control from one party to another does not mean any serious disturbance of existing conditions." – Grover Cleveland (22nd and 24th president of the United States)