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Modern American History Outline
➢ The Lives of the Poor During the Gilded Age
➢ U.S. imperialist activities in Hawaii
➢ Philippine American War
➢ Teller Amendment and Platt Amendment
Running head: MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY
Modern American History
MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY
The Lives of the Poor During the Gilded Age
The Gilded age depicts the period between 1865-1898, characterized by increased
industrialization, urban migration, and rapid economic growth. Industrialists such as Andrew
Carnegie (steel), J.P Morgan (Banking), and John Rockefeller accumulated immense wealth,
which helped them to dominate and control most of the vital economic sectors, new technologies,
and natural resources and receive government subsidies or purchase politicians (O'Donnell, 2015).
Poverty was a significant problem for the majority of the working class as the average annual
income for 11 million of the 12 million Americans was $380, meaning that the majority of the
Americans were living below the poverty line. Most of the poor Ame...
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