Glided Age Politics
There was a significant human cost attached to this period of economic growth, as U.S. industry had the highest rate of accidents in the world. In 1889, railroads employed 704,000 men, of whom 20,000 were injured and 1,972 were killed on the job. The U.S. was also the only industrial power to have no workman's compensation program in place to support injured workers.
Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth, especially in the North and West. American wages, especially for skilled workers, were much higher than in Europe, which attracted millions of immigrants. The increase of industrialization meant, despite the increasing labor force.
1880s a new group the knights of labor grew rapidly. Too rapidly, for it spun out of control and failed to handle the great southwest railroad strike . The Knights avoided violence, but their reputation collapsed in the wake of the haymarket square riot in 1886, when anarchists allegedly bombed the policemen dispersing a meeting.Police then randomly fired into the crowd, killing and wounding a number of people, including other police, and arbitrarily.