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Industries and Political Machines in the Gilded Age (Under Construction)

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The Second Industrial Age in the United States (also known as the Gilded Age) was a period of technological innovation that slightly overlaps with the Reconstruction Era. As the U.S. began to transform, industries began to rapidly expand and, consequently, they had huge effects on the economy. In this same time period, the corruption in political machines was becoming known to the public through the work of investigative journalists and social commentators such as the reporters that worked for the New York Times and the Harper's Weekly's Thomas Nast. These factors worked as stepping stones for the reforms that would take place in the first third of the 20th century.

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