Guilded Age Essay

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Guilded Age

There are many different views on whether or not business should be regulated during the
Guilded Age. The rich who controlled the government at the time were against any kind of
regulation of business. They wanted one hundred percent capitalism. The workers on the
other hand wanted the business to be regulated, and the legalization of unions. I am
going to support the ideas of the business owners.

There were many wealthy business owners who believed in the gospel of wealth. This was
the idea that God made the rich rich and the poor poor. This was a common thought process
of the Guilded Age. Andrew Carnegie was a major follower of this thought. This is shown
in his speech “Wealth.” In this speech he says that rich and poor are necessary for the
race. It also describes how it is survival of the fittest.

The ideas of the gospel of wealth are a scary concept today. If you look at it with a
revisionist viewpoint the idea that rich are rich because God said so leaves us open for
so much discrimination. The thoughts of this time were not able to see this, and the
business owners wanted to keep the power in their hands.

Document E also has a touch gospel of wealth in it. It talks about a preacher telling his
parishioners to go out and make money. It says that it is the person’s job to go out and
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