On the fifth episode of American
History Too! we dive into a time period that, economic history aside,
often gets lost in historical discussion – The Gilded Age. We parse out the main issues of the era such
as the end of Reconstruction and the establishment of segregation in both North
and South, the prevailing culture of corruption, and the inexorable rise of big
We encounter colourful characters along the way, including
Boss Tweed and the Molly Maguires, while Malcolm reveals his distaste for one
of the Gilded Age’s shining lights (terrible pun intended), Thomas Edison. In case you were wondering who invented the
modern world – it was all down to the Serbian Nikola Tesla. Also, find out what presidential election,
according to Mark, featured the best named combatants in American History.
All this and much more on this week’s American History Too!