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An unsinkable ship, carrying more than 2,000 people across the Atlantic, foundered on April 15, 1912 and dashed Gilded Age hopes. And a century later, we’re still talking about the RMS Titanic.

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We’re exploring Dr. Susan Braden’s lecture topic, Henry Flagler and Henry Plant’s luxurious Gilded Age resorts in Florida.

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This week is the 133rd anniversary of the patent for Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, a replica of which the Driehaus Museum uses throughout its halls and galleries today.

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The late 19th-century academic Thorstein Veblen wrote The Theory of the Leisure Class in 1899 and coined for us the famous term “conspicuous consumption.”

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Chicago’s 19th-century elite lived together and died—or at least were buried—together, too. You can find them in Graceland Cemetery on the North Side.

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An unsinkable ship, carrying more than 2,000 people across the Atlantic, foundered on April 15, 1912 and dashed Gilded Age hopes. And a century later, we’re still talking about the RMS Titanic.

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Themes linking corruption and dissatisfaction to wealth aren’t mired exclusively in the Gilded Age.

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McCormick, Ogden, Pullman—those were just a few of the wealthy or soon-to-be who helped change this city from rural outpost to bustling metropolis. Here’s a list of some of Chicago’s entrepreneurial finest and their trades from the late 1800s.

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