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The Gilded Age

From the expansion of the railroads to the beginnings of baseball, learn about America’s Gilded Age and how this pivotal era changed the country.
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Program No. 22691RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
849
Florida

The Gilded Age

From the expansion of the railroads to the beginnings of baseball, learn about America’s Gilded Age and how this pivotal era changed the country.
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Program No. 22691 RJ
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At a Glance

In an era marked by robber barons and booming industry, America also welcomed a wave of immigrants, survived two major economic depressions and witnessed two presidential assassinations. The Gilded Age – a term coined by Mark Twain — marked the end of the Civil War and the growth of the nation until the turn of the 20th Century. Come revisit this period as we delve into the politics, people, scandals and entertainment that became synonymous with the time.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discuss politics in the Gilded Age, including the ballot controversy of the 1876 election, two presidential assassinations and a Congress known for its tobacco-filled halls and spittoons.
  • Explore the artwork of the late 1800s, including the collections of two "robber baron" type industrialists, Harry Clay Frick and Louisine and Harry Havemeyer and other American artists with their society portraits.
  • Consider popular culture of the era, including the birth of baseball and basketball, the popularity of vaudeville and books by authors including Arthur Conan Doyle.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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