The Devil in the White City

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On Page 145 of the novel Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, What historical Reference is discussed word for word? What does that Historical reference mean?

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There is very little on this page that could be seen as a historical reference.  The only thing that I can see is the use of the term “Gilded Age.”  This term was invented by Mark Twain.  He meant it to imply that the era looked really good from the...

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There is very little on this page that could be seen as a historical reference.  The only thing that I can see is the use of the term “Gilded Age.”  This term was invented by Mark Twain.  He meant it to imply that the era looked really good from the outside but was much worse in reality.  The term is typically used to refer to a time (from roughly 1877 to 1893) when the US was rapidly industrializing.  It looked good because many people were becoming so rich, but it was only “gilded” because underneath that was a system that hurt the working people.

 

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