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Price V. Fishback

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226251271

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226251295.001.0001

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The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age

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Government & The American Economy

Mark Guglielmo

Werner Troesken

University of Chicago Press

The Gilded Age was fraught with paradox. On the one hand, it was a period of economic centralization and integration; on the other, it was a period of social fragmentation and isolation. This paradox—this inevitable conflict between economic integration and social anomie, between the rise of big business and the ruination of smaller enterprises—runs through most of the major regulatory and legislative changes in the United States during the late nineteenth century. This chapter examines the changes at all levels of government during the Gilded Age. It looks at the turmoil in the agricultural sector of the economy, the rise of the Social Gospel movement, regulation of railroads and public utilities, antitrust laws and meat inspection, urbanization and state and local political economy, and patronage at the local level.

Keywords:   Gilded Age, United States, political economy, government, urbanization, meat inspection, antitrust laws, railroads, public utilities, Social Gospel movement

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