Author & Activist in Tarnished Gilded Age

Author & Activist In Tarnished Gilded Age

The Gilded Age refers to an era of serious social problems disguised by a thin gold gilding, designed to make life seem great, while hiding the problems of society, especially the less powerful classes of immigrants and newly freed slaves. However, several prominent writers of the time, such as Tourgee and Mark Twain, were very vocal critics of the existing political and social situations, in an attempt to bring awareness and then action to these oft-neglected edges of society.

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