First, consider the ideas and beliefs of the 1890’s Democratic, Republican, and Grange/Populist Parties and discuss, if you were alive then, which of those Parties would you belong to/support and why? Then, second, consider and discuss what seems different and what seems similar regarding the Gilded Age and the events of the past few years in our society and speculate why. Think about people such as Carnegie, Gould, and Morgan, and Gates, Zuckerberg, and the Koch brothers, as well as economic, social, political, and cultural issues then and now. Make sure to focus first on the historical facts and events in the discussion regarding the 19th Century Gilded Age, but then make sure to also relate things regarding this topic to contemporary society, philosophies, actions, and realities as well. Then, once you have had a chance to read about the Progressive Era, which arises in part in reaction to the Gilded Age, as well as late 19th Century American Imperialism which is partially inspired by both, please add to your discussion analysis of how the Progressive Era reforms did or did not alleviate the excesses of the Gilded Age and whether they were effective or not, as well as evaluate how American Imperialism between ca. 1890 and the start of the Great War relates to both the Gilded Age and the ideology of Progressivism .