This PowerPoint presentation examines the reality of life for the working class in Gilded Age America. It begins by examining statistics regarding working hours, wages, safety, and child labor. The evidence paints a grim picture. Things were not good for many working class Americans. It then discusses the connection between government and big business especially the support given to the railroad industry. Growing displeasure with those railroads is covered culminating in the passage of the "Granger Laws" and the involvement of the US Supreme Court. Both Munn v. Illinois and Wabash v. Illinois are covered briefly. The presentation then covers Congressional action to limit the power of the monopolies including the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Sherman Anti-trust Act. It continues by examining the various arguments made by the wealthy to justify their massive wealth and the obvious disparity between rich and poor. In doing so it covers the concepts of Social Darwinism and Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth." It concludes by setting up the Gilded Age growth of organized labor. This presentation is used in an AP United States history class and is based on Chapter 24 of The American Pageant, 14th ed.