Gilded Age

By Kelli Reyes

What is the Gilded Age?

What does gilded mean?


  1. covered or highlighted with gold or something of golden color
  2. having a pleasing or showy appearance the conceals something of little worth

How does gilded refer to the time period?

This relates to the time period because to everyone on the outside the US look really well because of the job opportunities, the American Dream, and the money. The people on the outside didn't see how many people were poor and the how bad the living conditions. It was like there was a thin layer of "gold" over the United States that only the people living outside the United States saw and the people on the inside saw what the United States truly was.


Election of Grant 1868 and the "Bloody Shirt Campaign

Grant was know as a war hero to the public because of the Civil War but with that came tons of accusations like him loving the black people and also calling him a drunkard. During Grant's campaign run, the Republican party waved around a bloody shirt. They did this to remind the people that they Democratic party gave a lack of support to the war effort. Grant won the election of 1868 and it became known as the "Bloody Shirt Campaign".


Boss Tweed and Thomas Nast

Boss Tweed was in this organization that spoke on the immigrant's behalf on things. He said that he could build new housing and the city of New York would give him $10 million but he would only spend $5 million on the housing and pocket the rest of the money. Because of this, Boss Tweed stole millions and millions and it was in a two year time span. By the lat 1871, Boss Tweed was finally brought down by cartoon drawing Thomas Nast. The reason that Thomas Nast helped bring Tweed was because he drew what Tweed was really doing since most of the immigrants couldn't read the newspaper.


Compromise of 1877

Basically the Compromise of 1877 made Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina Democratic and this official marked the end of the Reconstruction era. The reason that Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina became Democratic was because they were the only three states left in the South that had Reconstruction-era Republican governments in place. Allies from the Republican party met with southern Democrats, so that they could negotiate the acceptance of Hayes' election.