Before the devastating effects of the Great Depression, the country lounged in the perceived luxury of the Gilded Age. Economic growth after the Civil War attracted millions of immigrants to the country, where industries like railroads and manufacturing hit levels of success never before attained. This success, however, only masked societal issues which were pervasive in the burgeoning nation. Hartford's Mark Twain House in Hartford will open a new exhibit, The Gilded Age of Hartford (Twain came up with the phrase "Gilded Age" to describe this interesting era of American history), which looks back at the life and experiences of people and things existing in the Capitol City during the era.
The Gilded Age of Hartford