The Gilded Age: Economic Growth and Political Corruption

Coined by Mark Twain in his 1873 novel, the ‘Gilded Age’ is a term used to describe US history between roughly 1870 and 1900. The era was defined by substantial economic growth, large scale immigration, and severe corruption in politics.

The Gilded Age also saw the rise of political machines such as Tammany Hall which facilitated much of the corruption. Tammany Hall played a major role in New York City politicsĀ and this video illustrates how politiciansĀ used various methods to fraudulently win elections and embezzle funds.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.