America- The Gilded Age

Tara Schultz

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan was a very successful banker, financier and art collector, he was also a philanthropist (which means he donated money or gifts to many charities). At the age of 20 in 1857 J.P. Morgan went into banking, and at the age of 24 he established his own private bank. In 1871 Morgan teamed up with Anthony Drexel to form Drexel, Morgan & Co. J.P. Morgan was so powerful that the U.S. government looked to his firm for help with the depression of 1895. J.P. Morgan died March 31, 1913 in Rome, Italy, and was known as a master of finance all around and was also known for helping to shape our country to what it is today.

No author listed. J.P. Morgan Biography. the biography channel website. February 2014.

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was one of the greatest inventors and scientists of all time. Bell invented many things, his most famous inventions though would probably include the telephone, and the telegraph. In 1876 he invented the first telephone in Boston Massachusetts, and the first call was made between Thomas Watson and himself. Bell was very interested in learning about sound communication and inventions that had to do with sound and speech because his mother and wife were both deaf.

No author listed. Alexander Graham Bell. The biography channel website. February 2014.

The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was our country's first major rail strike, it took place in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri and many other states. The strike of 1877 took place when the rail companies started decreasing the already low weekly pay of the railway workers.

Steven. The Great Railroad Strike, 1877. February 9, 2014.

The Union Pacific Rail Company

The Union Pacific Rail Company was one of the two rail companies that built the East to West railroad so we could travel all the way around the country. The Union Pacific was to build west from Missouri and the Central Pacific (which was the other rail company), was to build east from California. The Union Pacific hired thousands of workers, many of which were Irish immigrants. In 1862 they started building the tracks, and ended in 1869.