,Just over a hundred years ago, our country experienced what Mark Twain labeled “The Gilded Age.” It was a time of unparalleled growth and progress in America in many areas - economic, social, cultural, and global. The period reflected people’s great aspirations, successes and enormous wealth; yet it also brought helplessness and poverty to many segments of the population. It has been suggested that a similar situation exists in America today. In this study group, we will look at the many aspects of this past era to understand their effect on the country, and to compare and contrast them to what we see happening in today’s world. We will use two books as references – The Gilded Age: Overture to the American Century (Sterling Publishing, 2017) by Alan Axelrod; and The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America (Rowman & Littlefield 2007), a series of essays edited by Charles Calhoun. In each session, we will focus on one aspect of this period as seen by various authors and consider how and whether (or not) it is being repeated today.