Reconstruction & Gilded Age (First Turning, 1865-1886) saw old crusaders pushed aside while, notes Van Wyck Brooks, war veterans who “might have been writers in the days of The Dial were seeking their fortunes in railroads, mines, and oil wells.” Savings rates climbed, mass production roared, mechanical and political “machines” hummed, real wages surged, and “middle-class” families prospered in an age of pragmatism that vaunted “truth’s cash value.”
Transcendentals entering elderhood
Gilded entering midlife
Progressives entering young adulthood
Missionaries entering childhood
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