Gilded Age


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Nesbit was highly sought after as a model by the top brands of the day embodying the Gilded Age with the ascension of fashion photography and setting the standard for female beauty.
We're now in a second Gilded Age, ushered in by semiconductors, software and the internet, which has spawned a handful of hi-tech behemoths and a new set of barons like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google.
Astor, an Old Money heiress of the first order, became convinced that she was uniquely qualified to uphold the manners and mores of Gilded Age America.
But one thing today's cubs have in common with Gilded Age reporter Moses Koenigsberg, profiled in Sumpter's book, is that they operate in a volatile environment with technological advances that drive a relentlessly changing news cycle.
Brands's account of the Gilded Age, Leviathan: America Comes of Age, 1865-1900 (2007), was yanked at the last minute, too, without comment from Oxford--but not without suggestions that Brands was too complimentary to industrial capitalism.
Vanderbilts) during the Gilded Age creates depth and intrigue, engaging the reader and keeping the pages turning.
Alexander, Coxey's Army: Popular Protest in the Gilded Age (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2015)
Leon's 'Filipinos in the Gilded Age' in June-July showcased fabulous repatriated late-19th-century paintings, sacred sculptures and furniture, including locally unviewed works by Juan Luna and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo.
Andrew Young's Unwanted resurrects a Gilded Age murder mystery, immersing audiences into the mental and emotional world of a hurting American Midwest, where stern public morality frequently contrasted with private behavior.
What the public is seeing is the disruption of the belief in Silicon Valley exceptionalism -- that, unlike Gilded Age robber barons, 21st t -century digital plutocrats are transparent in their dealings while building and using their great wealth.
Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age: Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room
Regis Hotels & Resorts is delighted to unveil Caroline's Four Hundred, the brand's first-ever bespoke scent inspired by Caroline Astor, the matriarch of the hotel's founding family and doyenne of New York's Gilded Age. The St.