A new gilded age? Historical Society lecture examines the issue

Are we living in a gilded age right now? Is this decade mirroring the 1980s? These are the main questions Jackson Lears will address in his talk, Two Gilded Ages: Is History Repeating Itself? at the Greenwich Historical Society on Tuesday, June 10 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Historians have theorized that we are living in a second Gilded Age, a reprise of the storied era that was aptly named by Mark Twain over a century ago. The decades between the 1980s and the 2010s hold a remarkable similarity to those between the 1880s and the 1910s, both periods characterized by unregulated economic expansion, flagrant corruption on Wall Street, growing class divisions, the concentration of wealth within a conspicuously consuming elite and a series of imperial adventures abroad.

Dr. Lears will examine the parallels and differences between the two eras.

Dr. Lears is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and editor in chief of the quarterly review Raritan.

A question and answer session will follow his talk and refreshments will be served. The lecture will take place at  Greenwich Historical Society’s Vanderbilt Education Center, located at 39 Strickland Road. Tickets for members are $10, for nonmembers, $15.

For reservations, visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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