Chapter Nineteen, The Gilded Age, Part Two
In this chapter you will get a more nuanced understanding of the manipulation of power and money in the Gilded Age. Learn the insider secrets of the robber barons, the four indispensable ingredients to their success, how their huge, monopolistic enterprises both limited and controlled the prosperity of millions of people (not just the people who worked for them), how they stayed on top in their fiercely competitive world, and how they justified their wealth to anybody who questioned it. You will also learn about the political connections of the moneyed class, and discover why reforms to broaden economic and political opportunity were so hard to accomplish. You'll discover what the emerging labor union movement was up to in the northern and middle manufacturing states, and how the Gilded Age played out in the sleepy, agrarian states of the South. Finally, you will meet the only two men who were strong enough to redirect the energies of the Gilded Age towards a larger goal of prosperity and opportunity for all, as the Gilded Age gradually ran its course and handed off its baton to the Progressive Age that replaced it. This file is 1 hr. 34 min. in length and 86 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.