The idea behind the cartoon is, as I mention below, big business controlled the government during the Gilded Age. In this cartoon, big business is represented by “the robber barons”, the name given to railroad company tycoons (and the businesses that made them possible, such as the steel business), pictured as bloated bags of money, … Continue reading Not Worth a Cent: Glitz and Excess in The Gilded Age
No blog post this week. Instead, here’s my Thanksgiving wish to all of you (whether you’re in the States or abroad). May your holiday be joyous, peaceful, and full of grace!!! And if you’re curious about how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Gilded Age, check out this blog post. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!