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Business Leaders of the Gilded Age: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Mark Twain wrote of the Gilded Age, a time of enormous wealth accumulated by a few. Their success spread a gleaming gold leaf over American society. Beneath that veneer, however, lay the pervasive misery of the working classes.

Clearly the dominant figures of postwar American capitalism were John D. Rockefeller, ^Andrew Carnegie and J. Pierpont Morgan.

A second tier of wealthy and unscrupulous businessmen were well-known in their day, but are less so today. These include Daniel Drew, James Fisk and Jay Gould^.

With notable exceptions such as Carnegie, the wealthy elite cared little for the masses. They were on a mission to build a new society and no price was too high to pay for progress.

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