Dirty Sexy Money [AKA The Gilded Age]

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Presentation from Mr. Shomaker's American History classes over one of the most morally questionable eras in this country's great history: The Gilded Age.

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Dirty Sexy Money [AKA The Gilded Age]

  1. 1. dirty money
  2. 2. It is a kind of Spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy Without money
  3. 3. GREED GOOD
  4. 4. The man who dies rich, dies disgraced. -Andrew Carnegie
  5. 5. The love of money is the root of all evil. -1 Timothy 6:10
  6. 6. dirty money
  7. 7. Radical Republicans After 1873
  8. 8. Democrats rose to power & Modified Platform for success
  9. 9. GREED
  10. 10. CLASSISM
  11. 11. EXCESS
  12. 12. CLASSISM
  13. 13. dirty money
  14. 14. GREED GOOD
  15. 15. Robber Barons
  16. 16. The “Robber Barons” of the Past
  17. 17. Pioneer of the railroad industry before the Civil war
  18. 18. Owned 4,500 miles of track with a fortune of $100,000,000 by ‘77
  19. 19. Scottish immigrant who worked his way up in the railroad industry
  20. 20. Played the stock market in ‘66 focusing on steel in ‘73
  21. 21. 1. Cut costs=profits 2. vertical integration
  22. 22. Began an oil operation in the 1860s & Formed standard oil in 1870
  23. 23. Railroad rebates & laissez faire politics gave him 90% of production
  24. 24. Government feared monopoly & Standard oil became the first trust
  25. 25. Made a killing (bad pun) during the civil war in obsolete rifles
  26. 26. Bailed out banks & by 1900, Morgan owned 50% of Americas track mileage
  27. 27. Capitalism
  28. 28. Mmm. Super sexy! Capitalism
  29. 29. The man who dies rich, dies disgraced. -Andrew Carnegie
  30. 30. THOU SHALT MAKE MONEY.
  31. 31. THOU SHALT DONATE MONEY.
  32. 32. THOU SHALT USE WEALTH TO IMPROVE SOCIETY.
  33. 33. dirty money
  34. 34. Revived 1840s Nativism
  35. 35. “Illiberal, narrow, & un-American.”
  36. 36. REMEMBER THIS?
  37. 37. dirty money
  38. 38. The Lure of the City By 1920, for the 1st time in U.S. history, more than 50% of the American population lived in cities
  39. 39. 1/3 Worked as maids
  40. 40. 1/3 Worked in white Collar JObs
  41. 41. 1/3 Worked in Industry
  42. 42. dirty money
  43. 43. Political Machines
  44. 44. Like a boss (tweed)
  45. 45. dirty money
  46. 46. Munn v. Illinois (1876)
  47. 47. Wabash v. Illinois (1886)
  48. 48. ICC CREATED (1887 TO REGULATE RATES
  49. 49. dirty money
  50. 50. Gilded Age Industry
  51. 51. A Midwest Made Meat revolution”: Thenew-and-improved “marketfor America More regional specialization made mass production & mass consumption possible
  52. 52. CYRUS FIELD’S TELEGRAPH CABLE
  53. 53. BUSINESS TYPEWRITERS, CASH REGISTERS, & ADDING MACHINES
  54. 54. HIGH-SPEED SPINDLES & LOOMS
  55. 55. EASTMAN’S KODAK CAMERA
  56. 56. BELL’S TELEPHONE
  57. 57. PRODUCTION THROUGH ASSEMBLY LINES
  58. 58. “CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION”
  59. 59. •Anarchists & workers met at Chicago’s Haymarket Square •Police moved in to scatter & a bomb went off •Anarchists tried, found guilty, & executed •Caused anti-union hysteria HAYMARKET SQUARE RIOT
  60. 60. •Homestead, PA: Carnegie Steel Mill •Workers went on strike & Pinkerton Detectives were sent in to take control •Eventually, Pennsylvania militia got involved •Union leaders arrested: riot, murder, & treason THE HOMESTEAD STRIKE
  61. 61. •Pullman, Il was a company town •George Pullman cut wages during Panic of ’93 •Workers refused to work •Attaching US mail cars made striking a federal offence (Gov’t. protected “big business”) THE PULLMAN STRIKE
  62. 62. •1894: 1,400 strikes across the country •Unemployed people demanded relief •Jacob Coxey led an “army” from Ohio to D.C. •Tried convincing Congress to spend $500 million on new roads (thus creating jobs) COXEY’S ARMY (1894)
  63. 63. dirty money
  64. 64. + =
  65. 65. Edison Tesla
  66. 66. OMG! Her skin is so pale. So beautiful… Her waist is super tiny! Like a little wasp…
  67. 67. dirty money
  68. 68. VS

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