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Gilded Age

The period of American history from approximately the end of the Civil War to the early 20th century. The Gilded Age was marked by rapid industrialization, development of infrastructure (such as railroads), and virtually no government regulation of the economy. Important industrialists, such as Andrew Carnegie, John W. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and others, led a period of development that created what became the modern American economy. This age saw the early development of organized labor, which the industrialists often violently opposed. Apologists for the Gilded Age point out that this era laid the foundations for American philanthropy and employed many people who might have gone without jobs otherwise. Critics denounce the era's alleged conspicuous consumption on the part of the wealthy and economic instability that they claim came from lack of regulation. See also: Panic of 1873, Panic of 1893, Panic of 1907, Cross of Gold, Robber baron.

Gilded Age

The years between the Civil War and World War I when institutions undertook financial manipulations that went virtually unchecked by government. This era produced many infamous activities in the security markets.
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Its gothic-styled, stone-block headquarters building, which occupies a full block at Madison Avenue and 27th Street, hails from the gilded era of the 1920s and is topped with a pyramid of gold-leaf ceramic tile.
It gives him a chance to return to a gilded era, nearly 30 years ago, when he was equal parts quarterback and folk hero at the University of Mississippi.
Amenity passes to enjoy Jekyll Island, including one round of golf for two, a pair of bicycles for touring the island's 20 miles of bike paths, two passes to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and historic tram tour passes for two to tour the island's 240-acre Historic District and dip into its gilded era
If you're drawn to watching this afternoon's match between England and Slovenia but find your mind wandering back to the four-footed hoofers, then muse a little on Stoute and Cecil, Hannon, Hills and co, born in the same generation as a gilded era of footballers, Hurst and Peters, Jairzinho and Pele, but still playing on magnificently - a gilded age of trainers that has lasted long and still burns bright and strong.
One of the most amazing features of the mansion hotel and member's club is Peter de Savary's private collection of American Illustration art where artworks from the "Golden Age" complete the visual history of the Gilded era.