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America in the Gilded Age (1866 - 1900): Home

Mrs. Beane

The Breakers (Newport, RI mansion)



Monday through Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

 & Friday
8:00 am - 3:00

Closed weekends and school holidays

Hours subject to change in accordance with the school calendar

Summer Hours


Monday through Friday

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Rockefeller and Standard Oil

Project Description

For this project, you will choose a topic from the list supplied by your teacher, or you will pick your own topic based on the criteria you discussed in class .  If you select your own topic, be sure it is approved by your teacher!  This guide will connect you to Gilded Age resources in various formats.  If you need help, be sure to consult a librarian.

Want background information on the Gilded Age?  Here are some good, digital overviews to give you ideas:

Digital History Overview

Flagler Museum (FL) Overview

Also, read the Gilded Age section in your textbook.

Topic Suggestions...

After you have read several overviews of the Gilded Age, and have some sense of the lifestyle, culture and issues of the time, you are ready to think about what you would like to research.  Remember, you will be drawing ideas from other people, investigating primary sources, and putting yourself and your voice into the resulting conversation.  Be sure to clear your topic choice with Mrs. Beane before you begin your research!

Open the document below for some topic suggestions.  Be careful!  Some vre very broad and must be narrowed into a thesis.

B&O Railroad: The Marylander Train

Lower East Side Tenement House (New York, 1890)

Jacob Riis. How the Other Half Lives

Contact a Librarian

Feel free to contact a librarian for research or citation assistance. We are generally available in our offices for drop in help or scheduled appointments throughout the academic day.

Liesel Good
Office: CFL, Main Level

Karen McCarthy
Office: CFL, Main Level

Heather McCulley
Office: CFL, Upper Level

Pamela Nye
Office: CFL, Upper Level