Gilded Generation (Strauss–Howe theory)

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New York police violently attacking unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park, 1874.

The Gilded Generation is the name given by sociologists to describe the generation of American people, born 1822–1842. It is an identified cohort within the Strauss–Howe generational theory.

They came of age amid rising national tempers, torrential immigration, rampant commercialism, conspicuous consumerism, declining college enrollment and economic disputes. This led to a distrust of Zealotry and institutional involvement, shifting focus to a life of materialism. As young adults, many pursued fortunes in frontier boom towns.[1]

Members of this generation were also of age by the time the American Civil War began.

Notable persons[edit]

Some of the notable persons who influenced this generation include Mark Twain, JP Morgan, Jay Gould,[2] John D. Rockefeller, Ulysses S. Grant, Louisa May Alcott and Lewis Carroll.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ John Franch, Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes (University of Illinois Press, 2006) page 13.
  2. ^ John Franch, Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes (University of Illinois Press, 2006) page 13.