Gilded Age

Jenna Wersal

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John D. Rockefeller

Who: John D. Rockefeller is the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and is an American Industrialist. John majored in philanthropist.

What: John organized the Standard Oil Company, he is not the only founder though, there was many other.

When: Rockefeller was born in 1839 and died in 1937. He created the company in the 1860's.

Where: John was born in New York and made the company in Ohio.

Why: I think John did the because without his company there would be no oil, and oil is an important resource in our world.

Citation: Author- none Article name- John D. Rockefeller. biography. Name of website- The Biography Channel. Date- none shown. Website address-

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Thomas Edison

Who: Thomas Edison was an inventor, a fun fact is that when he was younger he had scarlet fever which cause him to lose hearing in one ear.

What: Thomas developed and created over 1,000 inventions including the light-bulb, phonograph, and telegraph.

When: Edison was born in 1847 and died in 1931. He made inventions through-out his life.

Where: Thomas had set up a lab in Menlo Park, and that's where many of his inventions were made. Thomas was bone in Ohio.

Why: Edison wanted to invent because we needed these tools, and products. He also got a vast amount of money.

Citation: Author- none. Name of article- Thomas Edison. biography. Name of website- The Biography Channel. Date- none shown. Website address-

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Samuel Gompers

Who: Samuel Gompers was a Jewish man who was the founder of the American Federation of Labor. Samuel also was the president of the Local 144 of Cigars Markers' International Union.

What: Gompers founded this company and also had been the president of two companies for a period of time.

When: Samuel was born in 1850 and died in 1924. Samuel got elected as president of the AFL in 1886. He was president of the CMIU from 1875-1878.

Where: Gompers was born in London and died in Texas. The CMIU was located in New York.

Why: Samuel did this to change working hours and conditions, as soon as a he got elected as president of the AFL he went on a strike to get 8-hour work days.

Citation: Author- none. Name of article- Samuel Gompers(1850-1924). Name of website- AFL-CIO. Date- none shown. Website address-

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Chinese Laborers

Who: Chinese laborers were peasants who worked for the Central Pacific, they came to the Central Pacific to work.

What: Chinese laborers worked for the Central Pacific and made railroads for most of their work. They also got paid less than the Irish workers, the Irish got $35 a month and the Chinese only got $27 a month.

Where: The Chinese peasants came from Canton Province and had to travel all the way to California.

When: The Chinese laborers showed up in California in 1850, also during this time period Leland Stanford was elected governor in 1862.

Why: I think the Chinese laborers came to work at the Central Pacific because it probably was a better pay compared to where they were working. They were also peasants so any money was most likely good to them.

Citation: Author- none. Name of article- Workers of the Central Pacific Railroad. Name of website- Date- none shown. Website address-