Chapter Eighteen, The Gilded Age, Part One
This is part one of the lecture on the Gilded Age, a huge story, basically the story of how the country negotiated the transition, after the Civil War and Reconstruction, into the Modern age, the Industrial age, our age. This colorful period includes plenty of stump-pounding politicians, lots of political corruption, lots of flamboyant robber barons, George Armstrong Custer and his famous Last Stand, plenty of financial scams and Wall Street crashes, lots of ethnic and class conflict, lots of Jim Crow down in the unreconstructed South, lots of Union activism and Union busting, and a lot of attempted reform in every way. You will learn how, and why, the movers and shakers of the Gilded Age didn't do anything by half-measures and why, for all the excesses, peccadilloes, hubris and indiscretions of the moneyed class, most Americans wanted to be like them, if only they could get the opportunity. This file is 1 hr. 27 min. in length and 80 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.