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The Gilded Age

             Historical Incidents That Triggered the Gilded Age.
             Immediately after the civil war, forces on both sides of the battlefield breathed a sigh of relief as the worst conflict man had ever conceived mercilessly concluded. Many failed to realize that more uncertainty and change was on the verge of fruition. America was about to spend the next thirty years revolutionizing its way of life and blossoming into a revered and powerful society. "The Gilded Age" was the term used to describe this thirty-year timeframe after the civil war, which included the transformation of United States production from agricultural to industrial. There were many historical and social forces that triggered this new age, but none more important than the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, the immigration boom, and the industrial revolution. This essay will address each of these key points and prove the validity of this statement. .
             The end of the civil war was certainly a time of change, and as times and people changed so should policies governing those people. The Constitution was designed exactly for these times as the frame workers of the United States saw that their document governing the land needed to be easily amendable. .
             The Civil War had just ended when the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States decided that Article XIII Section 1 should be apart of the Constitution. On December 5th 1864, this new change was finalized. According to.
             Encyclopedia Britannica1, the Thirteenth Amendment stated: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Slavery had been outlawed in the United States and it's Constitution. This amendment not only was amazingly controversial but was also a major contributor in sparking reform in the United States.

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