Gilded Age Activity
Background: Social Darwinism was a concept created by Herbert Spencer, who applied ideas of nature to society. He based the idea off of Charles Darwin's idea of natural selection, where organisms with lesser favorable qualities to survive die off more than those who have more favorable qualities.
Fact: In 1883, a highly influential pamphlet entitled "What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" was published, which said that the social classes owed each other nothing which is completely opposite to the Gospel of Wealth.
Legacy: There is a sense of social Darwinism today, because most of the rich and successful business owners are self made people who created these businesses with hard work. There is a mind set today where it is believed that in order to be successful you must work hard.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other"
Shows how the rich is the "fittest" and is able to live in the protected city, and the poor are kicked out into the slums.