This PowerPoint presentation explains the factors that allowed industry to explode in America during the Gilded Age. It first explores the impact of technology covering things like the railroad, steel, oil, and electricity among others. It then briefly examines the ready supply of labor, the laissez faire attitude of the US government, and new business strategies like vertical and horizontal integration. It then delves into the practices of Gilded Age monopolies and the "Captains of Industry" that led them. It concludes with a look at the vast wealth amassed by men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and others. It includes numerous photos of the lavish Newport, R.I. summer homes built by the Gilded Age industrialists highlighting their wealth and power. Lastly, it provides a stark visual contrast by showing the living conditions of the average Gilded Age working family. This presentation is used in an AP United States history class and is based on Chapter 24 of The American Pageant, 14th ed.