The Gilded Age was a a prosperous time in the United States. There was a significant increase in industry, technology, and innovation. It appeared as if all were enjoying the benefits. However, all that glitters is not gold. There were individuals who made a great deal of money, however those individuals were few. The majority we're working class people trying to work themselves out of poverty. As a result of the time and other factors, it was nearly impossible. This was the Gilded Age.