Class Notes

Most don’t think of the Gilded age as an exciting time in history.  To a point I agree, however, I think it would have been an exciting time to have lived.  Some of their technological advances changed the world more than many of our advancements change how we live today.  In 1866, we laid a transatlantic telegraph line.  What used to take a three-month boat trip to deliver information to England, now happened instantly.  Manhattan had electricity in 1882.  The first car was built in 1903, which was also the same year the Wright brothers took flight.  Digital technology has changed greatly since I was in high school, but I would argue the Gilded age changes even more drastically changed how people lived.

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