The Gilded Age

Politics Gone Wild

Brad and David

The Senate is controlled by money and the Trusts hold the money.

Sum it Up

The Gilded Age was a time of economic growth and political corruption. There were new products and laws that involved the further growth of industry. Politicians were corrupt as usual and new laws were found to further their goals but often didn't hold true. Many Americans wanted reforms but often didn't agree on what to do.

Mark Tain's Huckleberry Fin is a great primary source because it is an example of realism. The story is about how society tries to change Huck in attempt to civilize him. One of the big dealings in the book is Huck's descision on turning his new friend Jim in as society would want him to or not. The major themes in the play are racism and slavery; intellectual and moral education; and the hypocrisy of society.


  1. What holds the money in the Government in this time period?
  1. Senates
  2. Banks
  3. Trusts
  4. The States
  1. What act did Congress pass in 1883?
  1. Pendleton
  2. No-Slave
  3. No-Labor
  4. Tariff
  1. During the election of 1844, who was running for president for the Republican party?
  1. Grover Cleveland
  2. James G. Blaine
  3. Benjamin Harrison
  4. Barack Obama
  1. What is an example of Realism?
  1. Huckleberry Fin
  2. Life of the Mississippi
  3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  4. Moby Dick
  1. What is the Laissez-Faire?
  1. Populism
  2. Capitalism
  3. Darwinism
  4. Communism

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