Unit I Essay
Within this unit, you have learned many things regarding the Gilded Age, while getting a quick peek into the Progressive Age. Based on this knowledge from the lecture and readings, identify the one event introduced in this post-Civil War era that you feel best represents Twain’s imagery of the “Gilded Age.” Explain your reasoning for this selection.
The essay should focus on, but not be limited to the following:
· Events surrounding the Native American assimilation efforts, specifically the Dawes Act.
· Allude to how opportunities in mining and trade out West impacted values during the Gilded Age, or were impacted by values of the Gilded Age.
· Examine the values that you learned within this unit regarding the Gilded Age, and evaluate how they impacted, or were impacted by, Manifest Destiny.