America: The Gilded Age

Logan Kuschel

Industrial Age

The Industrial Age was a time of great inventions, financiers, and many important people. Some of those people include, Andrew Carnegie, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, and many more. The Industrial Age also had its downs. The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and how many railroads effected the Native Americans, Haymarket Riot, and the Pullman Strike. In these next few paragraphs I will be telling you about great history during the Industrial Age.

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25th, 1835 in Dunfermline, Scotland. He grew up to be one of the richest men in the world and donated lots of money to libraries including a huge donation towards the expansion of the New York Public Library. In 1889, he owned a steel company called Carnegie Steel Corporation. Then in 1901, he sold his steel business. He established Carnegie-Mellon University in 1904.

A+E Television Networks. Andrew Carnegie. 2013.

Samuel F.B. Morse

Samuel F.B Morse was born on April 27th, 1791 in Charleston, Massachusetts. He invented lighting wires and Morse Code. He was once a portrait painter but decided to switch to inventing to make his fortune. It took Morse 3 patents on pumps in 1817 with his brother, Sidney Edwards Morse. In 1861, coasts of the US were linked by telegraph.

National Inventors Hall Of Fame Foundation. Hall of Fame/Inventor. 2007.

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

The Great Railroad Strike happened in 1877 on July 14th in Martinsburg, West Virginia. In 1830, the total miles recorded was 23 miles. It soon increased to 35,000 miles. And after the Civil War, the total number of miles recorded was 254,000 miles by 1916. The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was the country's first major rail strike. After the Great Railroad Strike, other violent strikes started to break out in places such as Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco. The strike started because people began cutting salaries and wages. The cutbacks started to form the strikes and lots of violence. There were many consequences in the end.