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  • Electric transport originated in cities during the Gilded Age. It was a faster, more reliable, and easier way to get the masses across the city. Before electric transport, there were street cars or horse drawn carriages, but they couldn't handle the growing populations.
  • Electric Transport
  • Debt peonage was a form of indentured servitude in the late 1800s. People were forced to work for the person who lent them money or brought them to America until their debt was payed. It was outlawed, but continued to happen under the table.
  • Debt Peonage
  • Voting restrictions were laws that were put in place to stop certain groups of people from voting. They were mostly inforced in the South, and usually discriminated against African Americans. Some examples include the Poll Tax, Literacy Test, and Grandfather Clause, which only allowed a person to vote if their grandfather could vote.
  • Voting Restrictions
  • Ballot Box
  • ABCs of the Gilded Age
  • The tycoons of the Gilded Age made their fortunes through businesses during the Industrial Revolution. These business tycoons often bought out their competition, which allowed them to sell their products at the highest price and pay their workers poorly. However, many of these wealthy tycoons were also philanthropists, and donated much of their wealth to bettering the cities they lived in.
  • tYcoon
  • Horizontal integration is when a business would become a monopoly by buying out all their competitors. Carnegie was able to monopolize steel production by lowering his prices and then using the money he earned to buy out the other struggling plants, upping his own production and allowing him to sell his steel for as much as he wanted without competition.
  • horiZontal integration
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