Era 6: The Gilded Age (1870-1900)

Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)

  • Era Six One-page Guide PDF (This is a one page document for teachers to reference when creating their lesson plans. By checking the standards that apply, teachers can show how their lessons meet district, state, and national curriculum Standards.)



  • Era Six: Standard Guide PDF 


Pinterest Board for this Era

The West as U.S.

Title: American progress Creator(s): Crofutt, George A. Date Created/Published: c1873. Medium: 1 print : chromolithograph ; 37.6 x 49 cm (sheet) Summary: Print shows an allegorical female figure of America leading pioneers westward, as they travel on foot, in a stagecoach, conestoga wagon, and by railroads, where they encounter Native Americans and herds of bison.




Barney Old Coyote: Crow Treaties, Acts, and Executive Orders


The Gilded Age

“The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery” (article)

"The Homestead Strike" (from PBS) 

P.T. Barnum, The Art of Money Getting

Henry George, Progress and Poverty (Chapter 1) 

Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class (Introduction) 

Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth 

Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois: The Problem of Negro Leadership (Lesson from Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute by Robert Gibson) 

Plessy vs. Ferguson 

Also see Era 7 for additional resources and links

Bibliography of Western and Cowboy Literature in American History

  • Aquila, Richard. Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1996.

  • Athearn, Robert G. The Mythic West. Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, 1986.

  • Carlson, Paul H. The Cowboy Way: An Explanation of History and Culture. Lubbock : Texas Tech Press, 2000.

  • Deloria, Philip. Playing Indian. New Haven : Yale Press, 1998.

  • Slotkin, Richard. The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890. Middletown : Wesleyen Press, 1985. (second in a series of books on this subject by Slotkin)


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