The US Bulletin
Kyle Kirchner, Editor-in-Chief
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The Truth, The Whole Truth
It turns out, the Gilded Age isn't all that it's cracked up to be. The term gilded means covering something up to hide its true identity. An example of gilded is a large, beautifully wrapped gift that ends up being a disappointment. For some industrial tycoons, such as Rockefeller and Carnegie, saw the gilded age as a beautiful wrapped gift. These tycoons became incredibly rich at the expense of the workers, who faced extreme horrors and injustices.
During the Gilded Age, the average worker worked 10-18 hours a day, 6 hours a week, on very low wage. Working conditions were hazardous, and it was not unusual to see many injuries or deaths in the average workday. Women and children were employed in factories so that they could put their hands in small spaces to fix machinery, often resulting in horrible injuries. Workers were also exposed to hazardous chemicals, and the air quality inside these sweatshops was very poor. There were no regulations on the workplace, and workers were put in harm's way everyday at their own expense, making capitalists such as Rockefeller filthy rich. When someone was injured at work, it was not uncommon for them to be terminated and replaced immediately, with absolutely no worker's compensation.
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the 9th floor at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Due to unsafe working conditions and lack of safety regulations, this fire became a tragedy, resulting in the death of 146 workers. This is just one example of a horrible injustice workers faced during the Gilded Age. Many strikes were organized by workers, such as the Pullman Strike. However, these strikes were ineffective and resulted in the firing and blacklisting of workers.
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Jack Dempsey was born on June 24, 1895. At age 17, Jack decided to pursue his professional boxing dream and traveled from town to town, boxing in each and slowly becoming more well known. By 1917, Jack had earned a reputation for himself and began to fight in bigger, much more meaningful fights.
On July 4th, 1919, Jack had his first big opportunity, a match against Jess Willard, the heavyweight champion at the time. Jess Willard weighed in at 245 pounds and stood 6' 6", much larger than Dempsey, who was 6' 1'' and weighed 187 pounds. Dempsey defeated Willard in the 3rd round, making Jack Dempsey the world heavyweight champion.
Jack Dempsey remained the heavyweight champion for the next 6 years, until he was defeated by Gene Tunney in front of a record crowd. Dempsey and Tunney fought again the next year, 1927, but after Tunney defeated Dempsey a 2nd time Jack retired from his boxing career. Jack was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in the year of 1954, and is still considered one of the greatest boxers of all time.
"The States" Historical Forecast
The Gilded Age
Nickname: "The Tar Heel State"
Kitty Hawk, NC 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in an airplane today. The brothers have come a long way from selling bicycles, setting records with their 852 feet, 59 second flight over the plains of North Carolina.
Nickname: "The Lone Star State"
Abilene, Kansas 1867 - A cattle depot has been built in Abilene, Kansas this year and the cows just keep comin'! Cowboys herd these cattle up from Texas on the Chisholm Trail to here in Kansas, where we send 'em off to the cities on the Union Pacific Railway. The Chisholm Trail was named after Jesse Chisholm, who marked the trail for his wagons in 1864.
Nickname: "The Beaver State"
Crater Lake is the 7th deepest lake in the world, and it is found in Oregon. Teddy Roosevelt protected this lake by creating Crater Lake National Park, the first of five national parks protected by Teddy Roosevelt. Oregon is also home to 5 active volcanoes, including Mt. Hood, which stands nearly 2 miles above sea level, and last erupted in 1866.
Nickname: "The Grand Canyon State"
The Grand Canyon, one of the 7 wonders of the natural world, is a tourist destination for 5 million people every year. The canyon is 15 miles wide at its largest point and averages to be about 1 mile deep. The grand canyon was formed by the Colorado river eroding the rock over millions of years.