The Second Industrial Revolution

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The Second Industrial Revolution

Many believe the Industrial Revolution was limited to one major event, but many historians split it into two separate periods.  The Second Industrial Revolution, or the Gilded Age, was the period between 1860 and the start of World War I where advanced technological and economic growth took place in the United States.  This period saw many more advances, including the development of a transcontinental railroad, the adoption of an electrical grid, and the development of new communication mediums, including the telegraph and the telephone.

This period of time was also one of unprecedented growth.  The later years of the Second Industrial Revolution were the largest years of economic growth the United States has ever seen, including increases in industrial earning, growth in GDP, and wage increases, mainly thanks to the booming industrial system in place in the United States.